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Bruhn back in action

Geelong Falcon Tanner Bruhn. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

HIGHLY-rated 2020 AFL draft prospect Tanner Bruhn will play his first NAB League game of the year after overcoming an off-season knee injury.

Bruhn has successfully the last month with Geelong Grammar in the Associated Public Schools competition, and Geelong Falcons coach Luke Daffy says the talented 17-year-old is ready to go in Sunday’s clash with Dandenong Stingrays at Bendigo’s Queen Elizabeth Oval.

“We’re really excited to give him an opportunity,” Daffy said. “He’ll go straight into the midfield; we think he’s pretty ready for that after playing the last three weeks with Grammar.

“More importantly, we’re just excited for him to get back out there and touch the footy.

“He’s done everything right so far. We’ve managed him back through his loads with his school footy.

“He’s cherry ripe to go.”

Bruhn is among a number of players who have had school commitments that are available for the rest of the Falcons’ campaign, with Charlie Lazzaro, James Paterson, Gennaro Bove, Clay Page and Kyle Skene among six inclusions.

“Apart from Tanner, they’ve all come in and played consistent footy throughout the year,” Daffy said.

“Hence why they come back into our best side at this time of the year.”

The Falcons are the lowest-ranked of the full-time NAB League teams, meaning they will play fourth in next week’s Wildcard Round.

Daffy says despite a tough season, there’s no reason why they can’t progress into another finals series.

“Our message is that they’ve just got to have the belief that anything can happen,” he said.

“We looked in a little bit of what happened with West Coast last year, and we mentioned the theme of the “sweet spot”.

“You’ve only got to hit it at the right moment.

“We’re confident that if we jell and play our best footy, we’re going to take it up to a lot of sides because throughout the year we’ve had a lot of close games and been really competitive.”

The previous meeting between the two teams in Round 3 finished in a draw following a goal after the siren by the Stingrays.

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Queen Elizabeth Oval – Bendigo

Sunday, August 18, 12:30pm