Strong SUNS named for Pies clash

The Gold Coast SUNS are going all guns blazing into this Sunday’s practice match against Collingwood.

While captain, Gary Ablett, will miss the match with a corked calf, the GC SUNS will welcome back Jaeger O’Meara, Dion Prestia, Trent McKenzie, David Swallow, Michael Rischitelli and Queenslander, Andrew Boston.

Rory Thompson was ruled out earlier in the week due to a bout of gastro, which has him racing against the clock to be ready for the side’s Rouen 1 clash with Richmond.

Young gun, Mt Gravatt’s Clay Cameron, has been named for his third straight match, and a good performance could be enough  for him to squeeze into the Gold Coast’s Rd 1 team.

Cairns’ Jarrod Harbrow, Redland’s Charlie Dixon, Morningside’s Jackson Allen and Townsville’s Josh Hall have all been named once again for the team’s final pre-season fixture.

Collingwood has its fair share of Sunshine State talent in its squad for Sunday afternoon.

Star midfielder and Southport product, Dayne Beams, leads a list of players returning to the side

Ruckman, Mt Gravatt’s Ben Hudson will also be added to the side, while Lachie Keeffe retains his spot in the side, which lost to Richmond last weekend.

Collingwood defender, Alan Toovey, will make his first appearance for the Pies in almost a year, after a knee reconstruction.

Taylor Adams, Ben Sinclair, Jarrod Witts will also come into the side to face the SUNS, in their final hit-out before the season proper.

The match kicks off at 12:10pm on Sunday at Metricon Stadium. For ticketing and match information, click here.

To see the next generation of Queensland stars in action, head to Yeronga on Saturday at 1pm when the Gold Coast SUNS Academy takes on the Brisbane Lions Academy, as part of the state selection trials.

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