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Redlegs out of Side for cutthroat final

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August 31, 2017

Injured Tallygaroopna midfielder Tyson Sidebottom won't be available for the elimination final against Avenel on Sunday.

Tallygaroopna superstar Tyson Sidebottom is out of Sunday’s elimination final against Avenel.

The three-time Goulburn Valley League premiership midfielder tore his hamstring in last week’s loss to Stanhope.

Even if the Redlegs were to make the grand final, Sidebottom would still be in doubt as the injury was severe.

Tallygaroopna will attempt to knock off the Kyabram District Football League Swans on their home ground without Sidebottom and fellow gun on-baller Kane Handley.

It will be a tough ask for the Redlegs, who are coming off three straight defeats, but coach Chris Earles said his side was up for the challenge.

‘‘We’ve lost two of our premier midfielders, so it’s going to be tough for our mids going up against one of the best midfields in the league,’’ Earles said.

‘‘But we’ve got confidence in the likes of Doug (Wren) and Tim Karolidis and some other guys to go in there.

‘‘Tyler Pedretti will probably be back in and that will help with our midfield rotations as well, so we’ll try to throw a few things around.’’

Lachie Karl is a chance to come in after a solid season, playing nine games in the reserves and making eight senior appearances.

Avenel got the job done when the teams played at Tallygaroopna in round 19, winning a thriller by two points.

Despite losing the game, Earles said his side could take some confidence out of the clash after winning most of the key areas.

‘‘We knew it was going to be a big clash last week and if we won we might get a more favourable draw by finishing third,’’ Earles said.

‘‘But at that same time we spoke after the Avenel game last time that if we did play them again we’d feel good about it because that was a game we should’ve won.

‘‘We’ll have our backs against the wall, even more so with the game being at Avenel, but I think our guys respond well when they’re pushed into a corner.’’

The Swans go into September after winning 10 of their past 12 games, with their only defeats coming against top two sides Violet Town and Nagambie.

Don Stirling’s side has been in formidable form, despite having stars Kasey Duncan and Ash Neville on the sidelines with long-term injuries.

Scott Tyers has been a revelation in defence, while Chris Burton has popped up with 58 goals from 15 games.

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