Impressive Aspley midfielder Matt Shir returns for Saturday’s clash against Mt Gravatt, a side that has caused plenty of heartache for the Hornets.

Thursday 8 July 2010

Aspley star Matt Shir is almost certain to return to the Hornets line-up for Saturday’s crunch game with Mt Gravatt at Graham Road.

Shir had played every game this season until missing last weekend’s 77-point over the Western Magpies at Chelmer.

“It was a calf niggle – we didn’t want him to miss the game but with no disrespect to the Magpies, we thought it was the perfect chance for him to have a break and rest his old legs,” grinned Aspley captain Robert Copeland.

Shir is Aspley’s leading player in the Syd Guildford Trophy, sitting just one vote out of third place, such has his impact been in his debut season in the QAFL.

The former Adelaide Crow will be a key part of Aspley’s plans to upset the Vultures, who steamrolled the Hornets by 112 points in their first meeting at Dittmer Park in Round 3.

Mt Gravatt have posted some big numbers against the Hornets.

They have booted 52 goals in their last two clashes with the brown-and-gold, and blasted 12.2 to 2.1 in the last quarter of that dark day in April.

Mt Gravatt co-captain Nathan Gilliland has kicked 13 goals in three matches against the Hornets playing mostly as a midfielder, while Aspley have not had an individual kick any more than four goals in a game for them this season.

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