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Karatzas leaves Magpies’ nest

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July 14, 2017

Euroa coach JD Hayes, pictured (right) defending Tatura's Rob Montgomery returns from injury against Shepparton Swans tomorrow.

Coach JD Hayes will return against Shepparton Swans tomorrow after overcoming a calf complaint, but Euroa has been dealt a blow for the rest of the Goulburn Valley League season.

The Magpies will be without Adrian Karatzas, who has moved to the United States to study.

Hayes, who was disappointed to lose his centre half-back, believed his side had the depth to replace him.

‘‘Of course he is a big loss, but I feel we are in a position to cover him at the moment,’’ Hayes said.

‘‘We have a good core group of players coming through and I am confident that one of the boys will step up and do a job for us.’’

Brad Gleeson returns to the seniors tomorrow after kicking seven goals in the reserves, while former Magpies coach Nathan Gilliland has also earned promotion.

‘‘They are a good team, we have already played them once and I feel the scoreboard really didn’t reflect the game,’’ Hayes said.

‘‘They took it to us, it was a tough game and we will have to play to our strengths.’’

The Magpies sit third on the ladder and Swans coach Paul Griffith will look to stop their run and dash.

‘‘They are a very good side, they are up there with Kyabram and Shepparton, but I feel Euroa gives you a chance with the way they play,’’ Griffiths said.

The Swans managed just 1.2 (8) against the Bombers last week and Griffiths felt his side would need to try and control the football more tomorrow.

‘‘We have to be a side that understands how to control the tempo. If we play into their hands and play fast, I think they will score quickly against us,’’ Griffiths said.

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