Getting early start on season
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.