Young O&K sides looking to reverse trend of recent years
THE Ovens and King under 19 football team is hoping to reverse the trend of heavy defeats when it tackles the Hume League in tomorrow’s interleague bout at Howlong.
The O&K under age team has suffered defeats in its past four encounters against Farrer (twice), Hume and Tallangatta, with three of the margins in excess of 100 points.
But co-coaches Cohen Vincent and Jordan Griffin haven’t shied away from recent history with Griffin saying the squad was keen to make a stand.
The four under 19 sides are all well represented with at least five players each in the side and Griffin said training this week had the side well prepared.
“We have spoken about that (history) this week,” he said.
“The boys are really keen to break the shackles and take it right up to Hume on Saturday.
“That’s why we have gone with a bigger side.
“The skills have been good at training so I’m confident we can give it a shake.
“The boys have worked hard at training, are keen and excited to play well.”
Snow Road Saints star Luke Brown has been rewarded for his start to the season by being named captain while Nick Stewart and Tate Peglar loom as the side’s spearheads in attack.
Brown, Brandon Igri and Mitch Clayton will provide the grunt in the engine room while Zach Northey and Harry Jamieson will lead the defence.
“I think this group has some really good skills but are also hard at the ball,” Griffin said.
“Like I said, it’s a pretty tall squad as well.
“It will take a big team effort to get over the line.”
The match will be played as the curtain raiser to the senior clash, starting at midday.