Savoys lose Redman to red card as they prepare for their cup defence AWFA By JUSTIN JENVEY
MYRTLEFORD will begin its cup defence without Arron Redman after the star winger was red carded in Sunday’s final round match against Boomers.
Redman will miss at least one match but possibly more after his altercation with Boomers forward Pieter Noordewier in the first half at Glen Park.
Despite being a man down for more than an hour the Savoys recorded their 18th win of the season courtesy of cocoach Matt Park’s 69th minute strike.
Park said his team can again cover the loss of Redman when they take on Albury Hotspurs in this weekend’s quarter final.
“It’s going to be tough but we won the league with our whole squad playing a part and we’re confident we can call on someone to step up and fill the void,” he said.
“In what was basically a dead rubber the group showed how determined they are to win and the weekend’s result should only give us more belief.
“We were slow to start but the card probably kicked us into gear, we did sit a little bit deeper than normal but played some good football from then on and to shut them out was a great effort.”
The Savoys are already without Brenton Cook for the rest of the season after the inspirational skipper tore the medial ligament in his knee against Albury City in round 20.
Park said not having Cook and potentially Redman for their Cup campaign might just inspire the team to repeat last year’s heroics when he and fellow co-coach Jayden Vescio were missing.
“It’s disappointing for Cooky but if there’s a positive to be found it’s that we’ll have him taking care of things on the sideline,” Park said.
“Without our captain and one of our best players in Az it puts our backs against the wall but hopefully we use that as motivation.
“The double is obviously the goal and achieving it would cap off a pretty massive couple of years for the club.”
Park said Albury Hotspurs will be a tough first-up opponent.
“They made us work for our two wins during the season, if you look at the scoreline we won easily but we weren’t able to put them away until late, on both occasions,” Park said.
“They put up a good fight and being their first finals appearance in three years they’ll be raring to go that’s for sure.”
Every Myrtleford side will contest a quarter final this weekend with the senior and reserve women facing Boomers.
The reserve men who finished third take on rivals Wangaratta while the division three men have a tough task against league champions Cobram.
The under 14s also play Wangaratta in a matchup of fourth versus fifth while the under 13 girls battle league runners up Wodonga Diamonds.
After claiming third spot the under 12s take on Cobram and the under 11s who finished second play St Pats.