Wangaratta star Michael Bordignon won’t play in Sunday’s sudden death final against Yarrawonga.
The interleague fullback had his appeal upheld on Thursday night after he was found guilty of engaging in rough conduct against Wangaratta Rovers’ Will Nolan in the final home and away match.
Bordignon was suspended for three weeks by the O and M tribunal last week.
The Pies took the matter to AFL Victoria Country Appeals board, with the O and M premiers hearing it via video link from Melbourne.
Bordignon had his ban reduced by a week, meaning the game against the Pigeons at Wangaratta Rovers’ WJ Findlay Oval will be the second and final game of the suspension.
The Pies will start strong favourites against Yarrawonga, which is missing at least four of its best players.
However in an interesting development, another of the top liners originally slated to miss the game was named on Thursday night.
Logan Morey travelled overseas last month with university commitments and wasn’t expected home until the preliminary final.
He was still overseas on Thursday night.
If he plays, the key position defender will replace exciting teenager James Jordon, who is playing with Oakleigh Chargers in their sudden death TAC Cup clash against Western Jets on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Wangaratta captain Michael Newton is back after a week’s suspension.
Albury and Wodonga Raiders will meet in Saturday’s second semi at North Albury’s Bunton Park.
Raiders haven’t contested a grand final since their only flag against Lavington in 1998.
The Tigers are chasing a 10th straight decider.
And they’ve made four changes to the team – including two multiple premiership players – which defeated Lavington to complete an undefeated home and away season.
Brayden O’Hara and Luke Packer haven’t played in seven weeks after battling calf and hamstring problems earlier in the season.
Brady Morton has been dropped for the first time in his two-year stint since joining from Wagga Tigers, while finals specialist John Mitchell has also been axed.
And Raiders have recalled powerful teenager Daniel Bond.
The 18-year-old also hasn’t played since July 21 after battling separate ankle issues.
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