Bertocchi 23: Casey Demons vs. Northern Blues


The Northern Blues have named their extended 27-man Bertocchi squad for Saturday’s game against Casey. (PHOTO CREDIT: Tim Murdoch)

The Northern Blues have welcomed back David Cuningham and Ciaran Sheehan for Saturday’s trip to Casey Fields.

Cuningham returns after being unavailable last round through an ankle injury, while he is also named as an emergency for Carlton’s game at Domain Stadium.

After missing last weekend as the hold-over emergency, Sheehan returns to the back six for the Blues’ all-important clash with the Demons.

The duo are joined by Sean Bolger in the starting 18, along with three potential debutants on the bench.

Sam Glover, Harrison Payne and Jaylon Thorpe round out the six inclusions on the extended bench, and could feature for their first senior game for the club in their second years on the list.

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Sheehan’s inclusion adds to a solid back six for the Blues, with two of the star performers last weekend in Ciaran Byrne and Cameron O’Shea again tasked with holding down the fort.

Rhys Palmer, Luke Russell and Tom Wilson will again be the key movers in the middle of the ground, with Bolger replacing Matthew Harman to support Matthew Korcheck in the ruck.

Kane Keppel is the other confirmed out for the Blues, with the youngster confirmed to miss the rest of the season after sustaining a fractured fibula in the loss to Footscray.

IN: Sean Bolger, David Cuningham, Jaylon Thorpe, Sam Glover, Harrison Payne, Ciaran Sheehan

OUT: Matthew Harman (knee), Kane Keppel (leg)

In Development action, Northern Knights duo Joel Grace and Ben Wiggins have been named on the extended bench for the game which will take place on Saturday from 11am.

  Northern Blues Development side


Kye Declase

Marcus Stavrou

Chris McCabe


Joshua O'Brien

Glenn Strachan

Sam Russell


Carl Adams

Dyson Stevens


Deven Costigan


Harrison Payne

Rob Maibaum

James Corboy


Matthew Walson

Sam Glover

Sam Fowler


Sam Peet

Tim Jones

Will Krithararis

Int. (from)

Jake Bradley

Matthew Burt

Mitch Dawson

Jacob Duscher

Max Gleeson

Joel Grace

Bior Malual

John Rafferty

Ben Wiggins