From Ballarat Courier

NORTH Ballarat coach Gerard FitzGerald has no illusions about Sunday's assignment against Geelong in the Victorian Football League at Skilled Stadium in Geelong.
FitzGerald says the Cats are the form team in the VFL.

North Ballarat and Geelong each have two wins in three games.

However, FitzGerald quickly points to the make-up of Geelong. With virtually an injury-free list at Skilled Stadium, the Cats will field a combination almost exclusively featuring AFL players.

The Selkirk Roosters will run square into the likes of ruckman Steve King, key forward Brad Ottens and Steve Johnson, who, bar a pre-season misdemeanor, would be playing in the AFL.

Ottens is still a chance to be promoted, having been named on an extended interchange with Brent Prismall, Joel Selwood, Travis Varcoe, Shannon Byrnes and Kane Tenace for Geelong's AFL line-up to play the Kangaroos on Sunday.

FitzGerald last night made just one change in preparation for the major test.

Kangaroos-listed Daniel McConnell returns with Ryan Waight making way.

McConnell missed North Ballarat's 29-point win over Tasmania on Sunday with a shoulder problem.

Although named by the Roosters, David Trotter and Jesse Smith have also been included on an extended interchange by the Kangaroos.

Matt Sharkey and Callum Urch remain the Roosters' main injury concerns.

Sharkey (foot) is making good progress and might be as close as three weeks to returning. Sharkey had a bone graft pre-season and has been out of plaster a few weeks and is doing light training.

Urch from the Kangaroos tore a hamstring two weeks ago against Coburg.

North Ballarat reserves have a bye this week.