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Bans on the cards for star Corio duo

- RYAN REYNOLDS

TWO Corio stars are walking the suspension tightrope heading into a Diversity Cup double header starting tonight.

The Eagles play Bell Park tonight and then back up on Sunday against competitio­n leader Geelong.

But it is likely they will have to do it without stars Andrew Palmieri and Drew Corry.

“It’s a bit of a concern with the boys on yellow cards because you have to think about potential suspension­s,” Corio coach Robbie Noggler said.

The silver lining for Noggler is that he will be able to get valuable game time into some of the other players on his list.

“I’ve got a few guys that I wouldn’t mind giving a run to that are new to the club,”

“The squad size is good so that means the new guys can get a run as well.

“I’ve got a young guy from Werribee coming along, Jayden Kinces and another guy from Surf Coast Jimmy Watson. They are both wingers.

“That’s a position where we need some players. We have some vacancies with left and right flankers so it’s good that these guys have come along.”

Noggler said Bell Park and high-flying Geelong both posed serious challenges.

“All cup games are very important to get under our belt. There’s plenty of match practice available and they are pretty tough,” he said.

“Bell Park is no exception.They have done very well and got a draw against North Geelong. They are not going to be a pushover.

“From my understand­ing Geelong has a huge squad and they have some very good players. I’ve found this and no doubt Geelong has experience­d the same but when you get a few players coming along it takes a bit of time for them to gel.

“I’ve got no doubt in the long run they are going to be a very formidable side (in State League 2). We will have our work cut out for us on Sunday.”

North Geelong and Rangers open this round of the Diversity Cup from 6pm at Hume Reserve.

Corio and Bell Park will follow at 7.20pm.

Rangers and Lara will play the opening game at 6pm on Sunday night, with Geelong and Corio starting at 7.20pm.

 ??  ?? Corio’s Andrew Palmieri.
Corio’s Andrew Palmieri.

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