Young O&K sides look­ing to re­verse trend of re­cent years

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Sport - By JEREMY WIL­SON

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.

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