Tuesday 31 August 2010

Minor premiers Labrador will go into the second semi-final against Morningside at Cooke-Murphy Oval on Sunday with their strongest team of the season.

The Tigers have been hit hard by injury and withdrawals throughout the qualifying rounds, but are in their best shape since April.

“We are pretty much at full strength for the first time since Round 1 or 2,” said skipper Aaron Shattock, who has played just six games himself this season and only returned from injury in Round 18.

AFL experienced players Shattock, Tim Notting, Trent Knobel and Peter ‘Spida’ Everitt will line up together for one of the few times this year in the right part of the season.

“We’ve done well to get where we have considering the constant changes,” Shattock said.

“It also gives us a good amount of confidence that we bat pretty deep.”

Only fleet-footed running players Todd Featherstone, Jason Howard, Tony Lester, Shane Paterson and Scott Trembath have played all 18 games for the Tigers this season.

Everitt has played 11, Russell Alleway 12, class wingman Todd Grayson 10, Knobel 13 and Mark Vigus 11.

It is the first time in their 14-year history in the QAFL that the Tigers will host a final.

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