Shepparton News

Cameron welcomes selection headaches

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Melbourne: GWS will welcome their massive selection headache as key players, including captain Stephen Coniglio, put their names up for selection ahead of their eliminatio­n final against Sydney.

The Giants sealed a finals spot by beating Carlton on Saturday night and after being hit by injury for much of the season, now have plenty of players jostling for places.

Coniglio played a cameo role as the substitute, collecting six touches after replacing Xavier O’Halloran (tight calf ) in the fourth quarter.

It was Coniglio’s first game since round 18 after a toe injury and just his fourth for the year, with the 27-year-old to building further game time by backing up in a scratch match against Essendon yesterday morning.

“We thought we could pick to win both ways on this,” Cameron said post-match.

“Last week we thought that he probably would have been struggling to play again this year and then we got 50-55 minutes of footy into him last Saturday. So he’s probably at about 85 per cent.

“He’s played probably 15 minutes now, he’ll have a good little hit-out in the morning for about probably another 60-70 minutes.

“I thought he looked sharp in that time, and just gives us another week for him to progress and put his hand up for finals footy next week.”

Cameron said Coniglio had “turned the corner” and if he proved his fitness, he would face the Swans.

“If we think he’s ready for finals footy, we will definitely take him,” he said.

“He’s experience­d, he’s been around for nine years, so he’s got that on his side.”

Veteran defender Phil Davis and ruckman Braydon Preuss also played in yesterday’s scratch match, along with Bobby Hill.

Off-season recruit Preuss, rested veteran Shane Mumford and Kieren Briggs, who impressed against Carlton, will all compete for a ruck spot.

“It’s been tight for spots, which is good. We probably haven’t had that much, especially the first 15 weeks, because we had a lot of challenges with injuries and young fellows got some opportunit­ies,” Cameron said.

“When they took those opportunit­ies we wanted to keep them rolling.”

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