Snelling to play in de­cider de­spite hand in­jury

Sunday Mail - - SPORT - WAR­REN PARTLAND

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.

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