16 year old makes debut in a must win game for the Eagles.

Jayden Imbriano will make his senior debut tomorrow after Lachlan Brennan was forced to pull out after not recovering from an injury sustained in last week’s game against Bundoora.

The 16-year old will be the youngest debutant for the Eagles since veterans Roy Dyson and Brent Toll made their debuts as 16-year olds nine years ago.

The tough nut will play in a defensive role filling in for Brennan who plays in the back pocket and Coach Pete Bugden believes he is up to the task.

“He is not built like a 16-year old, he hits the packs hard and is a quick and skilful player,” he said

Imbriano will hopefully hold up his position well in what is a must-win for the ever-improving Eagles.

Tensions boiled over last time Whittlesea played Greensborough at the Showgrounds.

Other in’s this week are Riley Dyson who will be taking the place of Ben Russell as part of a rotation policy and Nick Snowden back from injury replacing Jake Potter who goes back to the Northern Knights for the week.

Despite losing last week to Bundoora, Whittlesea have had a positive past month since the break, defeating Lower Plenty and Northcote Park in dominant performances. Beating Greensborough tomorrow could see them as high as seventh on the division one ladder. More importantly, a win could see the Eagles three games clear of relegation if Lower Plenty were to lose to fifth-placed Eltham tomorrow at Montmorency Park.

Last time they met 

Whittlesea 12.10.82 def by Greensborough 14.15.99

at Greensborough Memorial Park.

The Eagles will be confident of recording a win against Greensborough tomorrow who have had a rough month following their shock defeat to Macleod in which they lost after being 20-points up with four minutes to go in the final quarter. They defeated Lower Plenty in round 10, but were beaten by 97-points at the hands of the seemingly struggling Northcote Park last week.

Whittlesea will be pleased that Greensborough captain Tim Bongetti will not be pulling on a jumper tomorrow due to injury.

Bongetti is a big man who is dangerous both forward and in the ruck and the Eagles will be glad to see him on the sidelines.

With clear weather forecast for tomorrows game, but a boggy Showgrounds surface under foot, we are likely to see a combination of silky skills and tough in-and-under footy on display tomorrow and the Eagles will be relying on the pace and skill of Janan Daniel and Brenton Briffa and the hardness of Heenan and Dyson in the midfield to give the Eagles first use of the ball and then to create effective entries forward for the in form and dangerous Lucas Hobbs and Rocky Collins.

Rocky Collins takes a screamer. Collins has been exceptionally dangerous since going forward.

5 reasons why the Eagles will win: 

  1. Ruckman Jeremy Page should be too good on and around the ground for the Greensborough ruckman. Page has showed that he is capable of running all day against two quality opposition. With Bongetti out, I can’t see the Greensborough ruckman keeping up with the six foot eight rover.
  2. It’s at home. The Showgrounds are where the Eagles spend all their time and is a very different setting to Greensborough’s smaller home ground.
  3. Perfect mix of toughness and pace. Although still out of our depth against the wealthier clubs, the mix of pace and hardness highlighted by Garrett Heenan and the freakishly quick Janan Daniel should get them over the line tomorrow.
  4. Positive workings around the club. There has been a good feeling around the club of late and this has showed on the training track and in the team’s performances. The team is gelling and we will see this tomorrow.
  5. Form of both teams. Whittlesea’s current form is as good as it has been since beginning in the Division one competition and the belief within the group is that we can beat anyone. Greensborough’s form on the contrary is, from all rumours,  the opposite. They can’t be feeling great after being smashed by Northcote Park last week.
In the other games, the under 19’s will look to cement themselves in the top five and the reserves will hopefully notch up their first win of the season.
The Under 19’s start at 9.40am, the reserves at Midday and the Seniors kick off at 2.10pm.

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