Morris close to return

COLLINGULLIE-Glenfield Park are confident they will regain key forward James Morris on Sunday as they continue their chase for back-to-back Riverina League flags.
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James Morris

Morris injured his hamstring in the final round loss to Coolamon and has missed the Demons’ first two finals victories.

Morris will be put through his paces at the Demons’ final training session on Friday night butCGP co-coach Brett Lenon is confident he will be right.

“I’d like to be 100 per cent sure but I’m probably 95 per cent,” Lenon said.

“You just never know with a hamstring, if he can fully train flat out on Friday night and doesn’t feel it, then he’ll play.

“But he’ll have to be at least 100 per cent before we’ll even consider him.

“It’s been improving every day and it’s almost there.”

Morris’ return would be a huge boost for the Demons’ chances of getting over Wagga Tigers in Sunday’s preliminary final.

The Demons have rotated Brad Aiken, Chris Gordon and, last week, Matt Kennedy at full-forward in Morris’ absence.

Will Haines has also swung to centre-half-forward with great effect.

Lenon hopes to add Morris into the fray.

“He’s a good target, a big fella with the ability to take a big strong grab and when he’s got his kicking boots on, kick some goals,” he said.

“We’ve rotated Aiken, Gordon and Matty Kennedy through there, and we’re starting to get a lot more goals out of our midfield too, which has been really good.

“Will Haines has been a really good marking target too, he provides a really strong contest at centre-half-forward.

“It’s good to have a big unit there for that get out of jail kick, you can kick it long to centre-half-forward and know that Will’s going to provide a great contest, and at least bring it to ground for our runners.”

Tigers had their eight-game winning streak brought to an end last Saturday, and will look to bounce back against the Demons and win their way through to the grand final.

Tigers get the home ground advantage at Robertson Oval but Lenon is not at all concerned by the venue.

“Not at all, we like the ground,” Lenon said.

“It’s the best surface in the Riverina, lots of space, we love playing there.”

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