En­joy­ment the key as Mer­riwa gets set for first tour­na­ment

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Sport - FOOTBALL By CAM POT­TER

THE first of Mer­riwa Mag­pies’ tour­na­ments be­gins this Sun­day in Wodonga.

With suc­cess meet­ing the Mag­pies at every turn last year with mul­ti­ple play­ers reach­ing the state level, 2018 shapes as a big year for the All Abil­i­ties side.

With a new coach in Bob Mur­ray at the helm, Mer­riwa Mag­pies are ready for the car­ni­val sched­ule.

The Mag­pies play teams from around the re­gion in a car­ni­val for­mat, with Wodonga host­ing Sun­day’s event, then Echuca will host on June 3, Shep­par­ton will host on July 29 be­fore Wan­garatta hosts on Au­gust 19.

Mur­ray said his side has been work­ing on their skills.

“The main em­pha­sis is to en­joy what you’re do­ing,” Mur­ray said.

“We have had a fo­cus on get­ting our skills bet­ter.

“We have had a num­ber of new play­ers come to try out for the team, in­clud­ing two girls which is great for us.”

Josh Jose and Matthew Bear have been in­vited to try out for Vic­to­ria Coun­try.

Bendigo is new to the com­pe­ti­tion this year, and will front up for the first car­ni­val of the year.

“Bendigo is a big city so we are ex­pect­ing them to be pretty strong,” Mur­ray said.

“These carnivals are re­ally fun; it’s great for the kids so hope­fully they en­joy the game and we can go well.”

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