Get­ting early start on sea­son

Seymour Telegraph - - LOCAL CLASSIES - By Oliver Caf­frey

Goul­burn Val­ley coach Luke Mor­gan could name an in­ter­league squad be­fore round one.

With the Goul­burn Val­ley Foot­ball League sea­son not start­ing un­til April 14, Mor­gan be­lieved it was im­per­a­tive to be pre­pared early for the AFL Vic­to­ria Com­mu­nity Cham­pi­onships game on May 13.

Ovens and Mur­ray play­ers will have two games un­der their belt be­fore the GVFL cam­paign even starts, with its round one locked in for April 1.

‘‘The cor­re­spon­dence with coaches in the league has been good and most coaches have al­ready nom­i­nated a list of play­ers that could play,’’ Mor­gan said.

‘‘We’ll be able to se­lect from 70 to 75 and hope­fully nar­row it down to a squad in March.

‘‘Whether it’s an­nounced be­fore round one or not, we just need to be fairly or­gan­ised with our plan­ning be­cause there’s only four GVFL rounds be­fore in­ter­league.’’

Goul­burn Val­ley has tra­di­tion­ally had two train­ing ses­sions be­fore an in­ter­league game — one at Sey­mour’s Kings Park and an­other at Deakin Re­serve.

But Mor­gan said a third meet­ing could be added in this year to en­sure the Goul­burn Val­ley has the best pos­si­ble chance of win­ning the game — the first meet­ing be­tween the ri­val leagues since 2010.

There could be ex­tra spice to the clash, with for­mer Goul­burn Val­ley cap­tain Tim Looby a chance to be in the en­emy camp af­ter sign­ing at Myrtle­ford.

Ex-AFL play­ers Matt Spangher, Luke Low­den and Ro­han Bail are new to the GVFL and would be big draw­cards if they were to play in the com­mu­nity cham­pi­onships.

Mor­gan said he was sur­prised with the de­ci­sion to play the game at Wodonga’s John Flower Oval, but be­lieved sup­port­ers would get be­hind the team.

‘‘Play­ers and sup­port­ers will go any­where — it might have been eas­ier had it been at Wan­garatta, but the de­ci­sion has been made and we’re go­ing to Wodonga,’’ Mor­gan said.

‘‘If I was play­ing some­where in the O and M, it wouldn’t have been Wodonga.’’

Draw­card: Sey­mour mid­field ace Ja­son Cole rep­re­sented the GV in last year’s AFL Vic­to­ria Com­mu­nity Cham­pi­onships.

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