Dal Santo’s finals availability for Hepburn unclear

UNCERTAINTY: It is still unclear whether Nick Dal Santo will play in Hepburn’s qualifying final against Springbank next Sunday.
UNCERTAINTY: It is still unclear whether Nick Dal Santo will play in Hepburn’s qualifying final against Springbank next Sunday.

It remains unclear whether or not Nick Dal Santo will play in Hepburn’s qualifying final against Springbank next Sunday.

The former AFL star qualified for the finals series by playing his third game with the Burras in their round 17 success against Learmonth.

Hepburn coach Jason Olver said Dal Santo had 29 possessions in the 43-point win on Saturday, but admitted he was unsure what impact the 33-year-old’s work commitments would have on his ability to play against the Tigers. 

The Burras’ win over Learmonth locked in second spot on the ladder and was set up by the efforts of players like Brad McKay, who kicked four goals, Luke Stanton, Segifili Asa Leausa and Jacob Brown, who booted a game-high five majors.

Hepburn rested key players such as Dan O’Halloran and Andy McKay, but both are expected to return against the Tigers.

Brodrick Campbell kicked four goals for the visitors on Saturday, while Matt Jackson and Kyle Mackay were among the side’s best contributors.

Hepburn will enter the finals on the back of a 13-match winning sequence and will battle a Springbank outfit it beat easily back in round nine.

The game has been scheduled at Learmonth.