HORSHAM footballer Rhona Conboy will make his TAC Cup debut for the North Ballarat Rebels when they host Tasmania at Ballarat’s Eureka Stadium on Sunday.
Conboy, 17, was not originally selected in the Rebels squad for 2014 after a foot injury hampered his pre-season.
However, outstanding form at Wimmera league level – where he has been named in the Demons’ best players in seven of his 10 games and represented the Wimmera in interleague football – will see him line up as the Rebels’ 23rd player.
Rebels talent manager Phil Partington said it was a great opportunity for Conboy.
“He was unfortunately injured during the pre-season so we didn’t see the best of him,” he said.
“We’ve been getting some great feedback from Demons co-coach Jordyn Burke and some key contacts up that way say he’s been playing some brilliant footy.
“I daresay he’ll be playing down back – that’s where he’s played most of his footy this year.
“It’s a great chance for him to show his wares.”
Partington said it was not uncommon for players to come in from outside the original squad, such as Darcy Tucker in 2013.
“We can add players to the squad at any time through the year,” he said.
“There’s always that opportunity.”
Conboy joins nine other Wimmera players in the Rebels’ 25-player squad for Sunday’s match.
Partington said Horsham Saints duo Keegan Mellington and James Richards were possible inclusions, while another Saints product, Jacob O’Beirne, would play after helping St Patrick’s College through to the Herald Sun Shield final on Wednesday.