Cherrypickers return to Alfred Oval for first time in 2019

Warren Aiken will start at lock on Sunday in place of the injured Blake Hewitt.
Warren Aiken will start at lock on Sunday in place of the injured Blake Hewitt.

Young Cherrypickers fans will get their first chance to see the club's senior grades in action at home this Sunday.

The Pickers will host Gundagai at Alfred Oval in round two of the Group 9 competition.

First grade's loss last week to Kangaroos was compounded by an injury to new signing Blake Hewitt, who is expected to be sidelined for two to three weeks.

The injury results in Warren Aiken's promotion to the starting side, while Nayah Freeman begins at full-back with James Schiller to be introduced from the bench.

The Pickers will be aiming for an improved start after conceding two tries in the opening six minutes last week. 

Handling errors and goal-line defence were identified by coaching staff as areas to improve. Under 17s begin proceedings on Sunday at 10am with kick-off in first grade set for 2.35pm.

Cherrypickers:

1 Nayah Freeman, 2 Jonty Langfield, 3 Aborosio Navori, 4 Numiasasulu Tema, 5 Kye Tiedemann, 6 Tom Bush, 7 Jesse Corcoran, 8 Saul Lealaitafea, 9 Sam Langford, 10 Kyle Richens, 11 Hayden Cowled, 12 Jayke Hogan, 13 Warren Aiken. 14 Will Scott, 15 Casey Wall, 19 James Schiller, 20 Aaron Slater.