SOUTH Bendigo will be out to claim the Graeme Wright Memorial Cup for the second year in a row when it meets Sandhurst at the QEO tomorrow in round two of the Bendigo Football Netball League season.
The traditional rivals are coming off a mixed opening weekend, with South drawing with Kyneton while Sandhurst kicked just four goals in a loss to Golden Square.
Further compounding the Dragons’ loss was ruckman Tim Martin being placed on report for striking.
Martin sought to fight the charge at the tribunal but was in Adelaide this week. The tribunal’s rules deem that the person charged must be in attendance at any hearing.
At the time of going to print, it remained unknown as to whether Martin would be available to play.
AFL Central Victoria said this week it was prepared to convene a tribunal on Saturday morning if possible to hear the case before the Dragons are scheduled to play.
Martin is facing a two-week ban for the alleged strike on Golden Square’s Braydon Welsh.
The match was full of incidents, with umpire Paul Smythe having to be helped off the ground with a head knock. The circumstances of the incident are unknown.
The Dragons will be without Callum Prest, Zeb Broadbent, Pascale Craig and Josh Hann once again, while 16-year-old debutant Flynn Perez could be in line to return to the Bendigo Pioneers.
South blooded several new recruits last week, with star on-baller Quade Johnstone and Dylan McCutcheon among the best.
If Martin is to miss, Kieran Strachan would have a sizeable advantage in the middle of the ground after being best afield last week for the Bloods.
In other matches, Strathfieldsaye will unveil its 2017 premiership flag at home against Gisborne.
It will be the first twilight game at Tannery Lane, beginning at 4.15pm.
Kangaroo Flat plays Kyneton, Golden Square hosts Maryborough and Castlemaine is at home to round one winner Eaglehawk.