Taking on the third placed Bushrangers will see the Rebels contest their third top three team in the last three rounds, and will be a massive game for the team of the Western Region. The Bushrangers have won 10 of their 14 matches this year and are coming off the back of an 82 point victory over the Bendigo Pioneers, whilst the Rebels are fighting to keep their finals campaign alive, and have been within winning range of most games in their last 6 encounters.
The official opening of Mars Stadium took place last Saturday the 29th of July, in which the brand new facilities were officially opened by the Ballarat City Council. The Rebels had the great privilege of playing on the ground the following day where they took on the Geelong Falcons, of who unfortunately got the better of the GWV Rebels side despite being only 4 goals down at half time.
Returning to the Rebels outfit for this weekend’s clash will be Cooper Henson (Hamilton Kangaroos) after a calf injury has hampered him for several weeks until now, Izaac Johnson (East Point) who has had multiple back and wrist issues, Jed Hill (Ballarat) of whom has struggled with an ankle injury, and debutant Issac Pertzel (North Ballarat City). Issac will play as the 23rd man for the Rebels in his first game, a strong bodied player who we are confident will be able to play a role in multiple positions on the field.