Savoys lose Red­man to red card as they pre­pare for their cup de­fence AWFA By JUSTIN JENVEY

Myrtleford Times - - Sport -

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.

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