Green Ma­chine rar­ing to go

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Sport - O&K IN­TER­LEAGUE BY CAM POT­TER

OVENS and King in­ter­league co-coach Jeremy Wil­son is up­beat about his side’s prospects in the 2018 in­ter­league match against the Hume League.

Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence on Wed­nes­day, Wil­son was pleased with the re­sponse from the play­ers of the Ovens and King.

With the likes of Daine Porter, Jack Stamp and Riley Moran head­lin­ing the 2018 squad, and show­cas­ing the strength of the list avail­able to Wil­son and co-coach Joel Fisher, it is one of the stronger squads that has been put to­gether in re­cent years.

In­juries and un­avail­abil­i­ties are part and par­cel when it comes to in­ter­league but with Stamp, Porter and Moran among the top-10 play­ers in the league it is easy to see the depth avail­able to Fisher and Wil­son.

“The re­sponse has been great,” Wil­son said.

“Daine was among the first to put his hand up to play and that has made it eas­ier to get ev­ery­one else across the line.

“You know what you’re go­ing to get with Daine; he loves the con­tested ball.”

The Green Ma­chine takes on Hume League, in a re­play of the thrilling 2015 match at Jin­dera which saw the Ovens and King side claw their way back from seven goals down at three quar­ter time to post an un­for­get­table in­ter­league vic­tory.

The O&K will travel to How­long for the clash, with Wil­son op­ti­mistic his side can get the job done once again.

Ben Clarke, who was named cap­tain of the 2018 in­ter­league side, was the man of the mo­ment back in 2015, with Wil­son con­firm­ing his se­lec­tion on Wed­nes­day.

“Ben will be there,” he said.

“He’s shown he can play at that higher level; hope­fully we are not in the same posi- cpot­ter@ ne­me­ tion as back in 2015.”

Wil­son said he is con­fi­dent ahead of Satur­day’s clash.

“Joel and I are con­fi­dent in the side we have put to­gether,” he said.

“We just want the boys to play with free­dom and en­joy it.

“We also think the score­board will take care of it­self.”

The squad boasts the likes of James McClounan, Jack Stamp and Riley Moran who have kicked enough goals this sea­son to be among the top­five places on the Ovens and King goal kick­ing lad­der.

Wil­son and Fisher’s ad­ver­sary, Hume League coach Brent Piltz said his side will have plenty of run.

“In these games you’re al­ways go­ing to have a lot of run,” he said.

“There is plenty of en­thu­si­asm around the group as well.

“It will be a strong squad and look­ing at train­ing last night there are some re­ally strong con­nec­tions start­ing to be made, we are also blessed to have some re­ally strong lead­ers in the group.”

Hume League will have their own ace up their sleeve with Henty for­ward and for­mer AFL listed player Damien Cupido train­ing strongly.

“His voice and lead­er­ship has been fantastic,” Piltz said.

“We have looked to draw on his ex­pe­ri­ence; you would be silly not too.”

MAIN: Tar­rawinge star Daine Porter will be cru­cial to the O&K’s chances against the Hume League to­mor­row.

IN­SET: Mi­lawa ruck­man Brent New­ton will shoul­der much of the cen­tre bounce work.

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