Sydney Swans Academy player Lachlan Dent is poised to return as Northern Districts face a season-defining three weeks ahead, starting with Saturday’s showdown with Figtree.
The Tigers are on the edge of the top six, with the Roos, Bomaderry and Bulldogs to play before the competition separates into three tiers.
Dent played in the Swans’ 31-point win over GWS at Spotless Stadium on Saturday, but Northern Districts president Patrick Woodley said the teenager provides a timely boost. “It’ll be great to have him back,” Woodley said.
“We know it’s a big three weeks, but it’s been a big motivator all season to push for that top six spot and be competitive.
“Figtree will be tough to beat though.”
Dent is also an Australian junior representative basketballer.
Northern Districts are coming off a confidence-boosting 80-point win over Nowra-Albatross, with Jai McPhee and Brendan Davis among their standouts.
Elsewhere, Shellharbour face a similarly stern test, when they take on Wollongong Bulldogs at Keira Oval.
The Suns have a percentage advantage over Northern Districts and Bomaderry, with all three teams holding a 2-3 record.
Bomaderry face premiers Wollongong Lions on Saturday, before taking on Northern Districts and Port Kembla before the top tier is decided.
In the other game, Kiama will start raging favourites against struggling Nowra-Albatross and Port Kembla have the bye.