Pulling their Bears out?

September 21, 2017

Shepparton Bears are weighing up their grand final selection options regarding tall utility Levi Power, who is on the comeback from a hamstring injury.

Shepparton is facing a selection dilemma ahead of Sunday’s Goulburn Valley League grand final.

Tall utility Levi Power has not played for the Bears since round 17 against Shepparton Swans, but could force his way into the side that takes on Kyabram at Deakin Reserve.

Power has been out with a hamstring injury, but has been training well and was almost included for Shepparton’s preliminary final win against Seymour last Sunday.

‘‘It’s going to be a tricky one for us because he’s (Power) been out for five weeks with his hammy,’’ Shepparton coach Brad Campbell said.

‘‘He’s been pushing for the last 2 weeks, he had a good session on Monday night and last week and will be training this week.

‘‘His name will be put up on the board and we’ll see what happens with team balance.’’

Speedy midfielder Matt Shannon has missed the past two games and was walking around in a moon boot on the weekend.

But Shannon tried to get on the training track last night to push his claims.

‘‘I’m prepared to give everyone an opportunity if they’re willing to put their hand up and the more players we have to consider at selection, the better,’’ Campbell said.

‘‘Matty is a genuinely fit guy and he’s been working hard in the pool and on the bike and we’d love to see him out there on grand final day because he’s been an important part of our side for the majority of the year.’’

While there could be some tough calls at selection, Campbell said emotion had to be taken out of the equation.

‘‘We have to go with our best and whatever team will give us the best chance of winning,’’ Campbell said.

‘‘If we feel it’s the right call on the day then we’ll make the tough call if need be, so there may be a hard luck story on the day.’’

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