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By ZAC MILBANK | Twitter @zacmilbank
Central District coach Roy Laird has revealed last year’s shock straight-sets finals exit is still ‘’sitting in the guts’’ of his senior players.
As the seven-time premiership mentor prepares to coach in his first Elimination Final against North Adelaide at AAMI Stadium on Sunday, he said his charges were ready to atone for last year’s 88-point hiding from the Roosters.
‘’Our footy club was embarrassed about our performance through the finals last year,’’ Laird said.
‘’We don’t put too much credence into that now, however, in saying that, we’ve got a new group we’re excited by a lot of the young players we’ve brought into the system. And I think the senior guys, it probably sits in their guts a bit.’’
One senior player who may not get an opportunity for redemption is co-captain Brad Symes, with Laird declaring they won’t risk the former Crow is he hasn’t recovered fully from a heavy bout of concussion.
Symes was taken to hospital after being stretchered from the field in the wake of clashing heads with Sturt’s Ben Kane at Envestra Park on Sunday.
‘’He has improved so he is feeling a lot better,’’ Laird said.
‘’Look, it was a significant knock so we won’t be taking any risks with him. His health is the No.1 priority. If he comes up, really good. If he doesn’t, we will pick 21 who can still win the game.’’
Two others with question marks over their fitness are defender Corey Reichert (calf), who was a late withdrawal on Sunday and Crows-listed ruckman Ben Dowdell, who has been battling bruised ribs after an incident at training.
‘’Corey is fine it was very precautionary with him, we were just looking after him so he will play,’’ Laird said.
‘’Ben, we are still waiting on some word on what he does this week to find out whether he is available.’’
Laird said his two debutants from Round 23 – Matthew Stent and Matthew White – would be in the mix to play against North on Sunday.
‘’Both acquitted themselves really well,’’ Laird said.
‘’Stent kicked three goals and Matty White down back restricted Duldig on the day which is no mean feat as he’s been a pretty good player for a long period of time. 
‘’It will just come down to selection, the availability of certain players, as to whether or not they can hold their spot.’

By ZAC MILBANK (SANFL) | Twitter @zacmilbank

Central District coach Roy Laird has revealed last year’s shock straight-sets finals exit is still ‘’sitting in the guts’’ of his senior players.

As the seven-time premiership mentor prepares to coach in his first Elimination Final against North Adelaide at AAMI Stadium on Sunday, he said his charges were ready to atone for last year’s 88-point hiding from the Roosters.

‘’Our footy club was embarrassed about our performance through the finals last year,’’ Laird said.

‘’We don’t put too much credence into that now, however, in saying that, we’ve got a new group we’re excited by a lot of the young players we’ve brought into the system. And I think the senior guys, it probably sits in their guts a bit.’’

One senior player who may not get an opportunity for redemption is co-captain Brad Symes, with Laird declaring they won’t risk the former Crow is he hasn’t recovered fully from a heavy bout of concussion.

Symes was taken to hospital after being stretchered from the field in the wake of clashing heads with Sturt’s Ben Kane at Envestra Park on Sunday.

‘’He has improved so he is feeling a lot better,’’ Laird said.

‘’Look, it was a significant knock so we won’t be taking any risks with him. His health is the No.1 priority. If he comes up, really good. If he doesn’t, we will pick 21 who can still win the game.’’

Two others with question marks over their fitness are defender Corey Reichert (calf), who was a late withdrawal on Sunday and Crows-listed ruckman Ben Dowdell, who has been battling bruised ribs after an incident at training.

‘’Corey is fine it was very precautionary with him, we were just looking after him so he will play,’’ Laird said.

‘’Ben, we are still waiting on some word on what he does this week to find out whether he is available.’’

Laird said his two debutants from Round 23 – Matthew Stent and Matthew White – would be in the mix to play against North on Sunday.

‘’Both acquitted themselves really well,’’ Laird said.

‘’Stent kicked three goals and Matty White down back restricted Duldig on the day which is no mean feat as he’s been a pretty good player for a long period of time. 

‘’It will just come down to selection, the availability of certain players, as to whether or not they can hold their spot.’

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