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Savoys’ 2017 campaign opens on Saturday against St Patricks

- BY JUSTIN JENVEY jjenvey@ nemedia.com.au

MYRTLEFORD cocoach Matt Park knows repeating last season’s 6- 0 start is a big ask, but he hopes his side can again set up their year on the back of some strong early season form.

The Savoys open their campaign on Sunday at home to St Pats.

It is the first of five straight home games with the Savoys facing Albury United, Twin City and Wodonga Diamonds in the next three rounds before playing Melrose after the Easter break.

Myrtleford will be far from full strength this weekend with Park and cup final best- onground Jesse Stephens both suffering slight hamstring strains.

Jayden Vescio is still a number of weeks away from a return while Matteo Shuaipi will not be available until round four as he serves a five- match suspension handed down after the team’s heated FFA Cup clash with rivals Wangaratta.

Park hopes the Savoys can utilise their home ground advantage early on and secure some valuable points.

He said the defence and midfield will have a big role to play in the opening month.

“The guys at the back and in the middle have been really solid in our FFA Cup games and intra- club warm- ups so it’s probably just up front where we are trying to sort things out,” Park said.

“Most of us haven’t played a lot of minutes, Patrick ( Sibomana) got injured in our first FFA Cup game, Matteo was sent off in his first game and Nagus ( Henry) and myself played off the bench for most of the preseason.

“If we can get nine of a possible 12 points by Easter we’ll be pretty happy with that then we can have the week off, reassess and start setting some targets from there.

“It’s a long season but that first month is really important.”

 ?? PHOTO: Justin Jenvey ?? NEW SIGNINGS: Kenyan-born Patrick Sibomana crossing from Wodonga Heart and Italian signing Matteo Shuaipi add more talent up forward.
PHOTO: Justin Jenvey NEW SIGNINGS: Kenyan-born Patrick Sibomana crossing from Wodonga Heart and Italian signing Matteo Shuaipi add more talent up forward.
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