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Will he or won’t he play? All eyes on Dustin Martin tonight for Tigers’ clash with Pies

Staff writers, September 21, 2018 7:50AM Kids News

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Dustin Martin at Tigers training this week. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraDustin Martin at Tigers training this week. Picture: Getty Images

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AFL: All eyes will be on Richmond’s team sheet at the MCG tonight, when the reigning* AFL premiers insist superstar Dustin Martin will take part in their preliminary final against Collingwood.

The 2017 Brownlow Medallist is suffering a badly bruised thigh but was named in the Tigers’ unchanged team. The Magpies also named an unchanged side.

Meanwhile, for Saturday’s preliminary final, West Coast have recalled* veteran* defender Will Schofield in place of Brad Sheppard (hamstring).

Melbourne also made just one change, axing unlucky first-year player Bayley Fritsch, who has played almost every game this year in his impressive debut season.

The Demons have recalled defender Joel Smith to replace Fritsch in the hope of stopping the Eagles’ star-studded* forward line.

Jake Weatherald of South Australia raises his bat on scoring a century. Picture: AAP media_cameraJake Weatherald of South Australia raises his bat on scoring a century. Picture: AAP

CRICKET: Jake Lehmann’s Redbacks captaincy has started perfectly after his 87 runs guided South Australia to a seven-wicket, bonus point victory over New South Wales in the JLT One-Day Cup.

The South Australian batsman put on a 171-run partnership with opener Jake Weatherald, who smashed an unbeaten* 106 off 98 balls, to chase down the Blues’ 241 inside 40 overs at the WACA last night.

Lehmann was in his first match in charge of the Redbacks after being appointed state captain in the absence* of Travis Head, who is part of the Australian Test squad in the UAE.

Sharks captain Paul Gallen on his way to Melbourne before being ruled out of the final with injury. Picture: AAP media_cameraSharks captain Paul Gallen on his way to Melbourne before being ruled out of the final with injury. Picture: AAP

NRL: Cronulla will have to win their way to the NRL grand final without captain Paul Gallen after he was ruled out of tonight’s preliminary final against Melbourne with a shoulder injury.

The 37-year-old trained with the Sharks yesterday and travelled to Melbourne with the team despite tearing ligaments in his shoulder during last week’s one-point win over Penrith.

Gallen’s absence will come as a massive blow to the Sharks, who are already without fellow back-rower Wade Graham.

Australia's Lucas Herbert watches his shot from the 1st tee. Picture: AFP media_cameraAustralia’s Lucas Herbert watches his shot from the 1st tee. Picture: AFP

GOLF: Australian Lucas Herbert has carded a terrific eight-under-par first-round 63 to take a one-shot lead in the Portugal Masters.

Starting on the back nine, Herbert struck four birdies and an eagle to turn in six-under before adding two more birdies to overtake early leaders Matt Wallace and Eddie Pepperell overnight.

The English duo were a stroke behind the Australian in a tie for third place alongside Ireland’s Shane Lowry.

GLOSSARY

reigning: hold the crown

recalled: brought back into the team

veteran: experienced

star-studded: packed with stars

unbeaten: not out

absence: missing

QUICK QUIZ

1. Which unlucky player has been dropped for Melbourne?

2. Who hit a century for South Australia?

3. What sort of injury has Paul Gallen suffered?

4. How many birdies did Lucas Herbert score overnight?

VCOP ACTIVITY

With a partner see if you can you identify all the doing words/verbs in this text. Highlight them in yellow and then make a list of them all down your page. Now see if you and your partner can come up with a synonym for the chosen verb. Make sure it still makes sense in the context it was taken from.

Try to replace some of the original verbs with your synonyms and discuss if any are better and why.

Curriculum Links: English, Big Write and VCOP

HAVE YOUR SAY: Would you play in a preliminary final if you were hurt? Do you think it is wise to play through the pain?

No one-word answers. Use full sentences to explain your thinking.

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