Saints back in action
Myrtleford kick starts 2019 campaign with 25 turning out for academy testing day
THE talk is over and the Myrtleford Saints are now into action.
After a year in recess, the Saints thirds team underlined their commitment to return a force with 25 players participating in an academy day at McNamara Reserve on Sunday.
Confirmed and prospective players were both in attendance while a number were also unavailable.
Murray Bushrangers hope- ful, Will Quirk, was crowned the inaugural academy champion after he won the fatigue goal kicking challenge and Nathan Buckley field kicking test as well as figuring prominently in the agility screening where he was just topped by Austin Wickes.
In other tests, Ryley Forrest’s 69cm stationary vertical leap reigned supreme and Logan Wright smashed the field with a 6 minute, 51 second 2km time trial.
At senior level, the Saints are also set to go with Jake Sharp’s first official training session in charge scheduled for this Monday, November 19.
Sharp’s Saints received a big boost earlier this week with Riley O’Shea, Tom McDonagh and Brody Ricardi all putting pen to paper on two year deals at the club.
Talls O’Shea and McDonagh return to the club after one year stints at Parkside (WRFL) and North Cairns respectively while Ricardi has crossed over from Bright.
And while O’Shea has just 39 goals from his 71 senior games at Myrtleford, due to playing mostly as a defender, Sharp has indicated the 190cm left footer could help fill the void of outgoing coach Tim Looby inside forward 50.
It makes for a new look forward setup for the Saints with smalls Ricardi and Western Australian recruit Jake Richards also likely to roll through the front six.
The dangerous Ricardi booted 26 goals from 14 appearances in the Ovens and King this year while he also averaged a goal a game for Northcote Park in Division 1 of the Northern Football League in 2017.
Sharp has also confirmed his coaching panel with former co-coaches Brad Murray and Leigh Corcoran coming on board as assistants.
Along with former Wangaratta coach, Mark Knobel, it means Sharp has three former Ovens and Murray senior coaches to lean on in his first year at the helm.
Ovens and King Premiership winning coach Scott McMasters has also been confirmed to lead the reserves for a third season.
Brendan Wood will remain in a strength and conditioning role.
ON THE MOVE: Tex McIntosh (pictured) charges through the agility test at McNamara Reserve on Sunday. It has been a big week for the Saints with signings at all levels on and off the field.