COLAC Tiger Sara Hay is expecting her third child and will miss the rest of the GFL netball season.
Young Tigers defender Tahlia Jeffreys will replace Hay in Colac’s defensive third and play alongside former Irrewarra-Beeac defender Emma Hillman.
The Tigers enjoyed a bye last week as the GFL took a break for Victorian Country Football League interleague matches.
Colac midcourter Shelley Scott was best-on-court in a GFL netball interleague victory against Ballarat and is back to full strength after recovering from an ankle injury.
Tigers coach Rebecca Finn said her team would have a new-look playing line-up against Newtown and Chilwell tomorrow.
“We’ll certainly look to give Tahlia Jeffreys more court time in A Grade starting from now,” she said.
“At this stage she has played about one quarter a match but we expect her to fulfil a greater role now that Sara Hay is expecting another baby.”
Finn said Jeffreys was a like-for-like replacement for Hay.
“Tahlia plays a similar game to Sara,” she said.
“They are both very athletic and very springy players and I expect her to fit right in with Emma; that’s not a great concern to me.
“What would have been a concern is if Sara and Emma had that understanding that comes from playing together but they are just a new combination as well this year.”
Colac and the Eagles both have two wins from six games this season and Finn said she expected the sides to match-up well.
“We’re hoping to be in the mix against this team,” she said.
“Our results against South Barwon were pretty similar which is who they played last week.
“I certainly expect a close game, that’s for sure.”