Grand final clubs Albury and Wangaratta have unsurprisingly kept the opposition guessing following selection night.
Wangaratta has made just the one change, naming tagger Will Reilly on the bench.
Ryan Holt has been named as an emergency, along with Frazer Dent, who coach Dean Stone guaranteed would play at Wednesday’s grand final press conference in Albury.
Emergencies can be called into the final 21, so if Stone sticks to his plans, an unlucky player will miss out at Wangaratta’s home ground, Norm Minns Oval, on Sunday.
Reilly missed his first game in last week’s preliminary final win over Wodonga Raiders after suffering concussion the previous week.
Stone said the 21-year-old had a difficult first week after the knock, but was cleared by the doctor this week.
The Pies have a number of promising youngsters who’ve played a handful of games in Holt (10), Luke Saunders (eight) and Harry Smart (six).
Meanwhile, Albury teenager Tom O’Brien won’t play in his first senior grand final after he was dropped.
The Tigers brought in four players at selection, including Murray Bushrangers’ Mat Walker and Riley Bice.
Dean Polo will play his first game in a month after battling a calf complaint, while finals specialist John Mitchell has also been named.
Polo is the only one of the changes named in the starting 18, with Bice, Walker and Mitchell named on a six-man bench.
Albury has until Friday night to drop three from the bench.
If Walker plays, it would be one of the most incredible debuts in league history.
Walker has never played a game at any level for the Tigers, but the inside midfielder-forward had a tremendous finish at TAC Cup level.
Brady Morton has also been named on the bench.
He had been dropped for the second semi but gained a late reprieve when Polo failed to recover, kicking the match-winning goal.
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