September 14, 2007
From Ballarat Courier
NORTH Ballarat will be without rising star and no-nonsense tagger Ed Lower for its biggest assignment of the Victorian Football League season - a preliminary final against Geelong at Port Melbourne tomorrow.
The Selkirk Roosters have lost Lower to the Kangaroos, with the 20-year-old to tackle Hawthorn in an AFL semi-final at the MCG tomorrow night.
Lower has been in superb form.
North Ballarat coach Gerard FitzGerald has had no hesitation giving Lower the biggest run-with roles in the opening two weeks of the finals.
Lower has not only shut down Bendigo Bombers and Sandringham, but also been one of the Roosters' most creative players.
Robbie Gregg and Kangaroos-listed Ben Hughes are at the front of the line to replace Lower.
But each has to prove his fitness after being sidelined with strained hamstrings.
Hughes was the most impressive of the two at Roosters training at AUSTAR Arena on Wednesday night.