Snelling to play in decider despite hand injury
PORT Adelaide’s Will Snelling will front in the SANFL grand final next Sunday despite damaging his hand in the second semi-final win over WoodvilleWest Torrens last weekend.
The extent of the injury is still to be determined and it is possible Snelling, a 2015 premiership player with West Adelaide after captaining the state team in the under-18 carnival, could have a break.
But he has been declared a certain starter in the premiership decider against the winner of today’s preliminary final between Woodville-West Torrens and Sturt, and could wear a glove to protect the injury.
“We have been talking about the team for next week and Will is definitely in it, there is no chance he won’t play,” Port state league team manager Shane Grimm said.
“The injury won’t be an issue for him.”
Port will give talented duo Matt White and Nathan Krakouer every chance to prove their fitness for the grand final as they battle to overcome injuries.
White hurt his ankle in the first quarter of the second semifinal, while Krakouer hurt his hamstring in the second.
Port trained on Saturday morning with White involved in some of the work.
However, Krakouer did not join in the session. “They are important, so they will be given as much time as possible,” Grimm said. “They could be selected and we will wait until the last minute, they are important.”
Port will train on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with the Wednesday session at Adelaide Oval.
WILL PLAY: Will Snelling.