Green Machine raring to go
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@ nemedia.com.au 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.