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Cobram soccer ready for last ever derby

Final cross-town clash for Cobram Soccer Club and Cobram Victory ahead of merger next season.

ROB HENSON August 6, 2014 3:35am

The last ever clash between Cobram Soccer Club and Cobram Victory will take place at Barooga Recreation Reserve this Sunday, with enticing clashes across the divisions in the penultimate round of the 2014 season.

With the bye next weekend, and finals out of the question, Victory will be playing for pride in its last ever Regional Premier League game.

Meanwhile, the Cobram senior side hopes it can enter finals in second place, three spots above Victory, in the six-team Regional Premier League.

In reserves, Victory is fourth and the Tigers fifth on the ladder, which should make for a competitive encounter.

In the women’s competition, Victory and Cobram will do battle for second place; Cobram currently has its nose in front on goal difference.

Victory assistant coach Michael Startari said to contemplate the last ever Victory fixture felt ‘‘a bit weird’’.

‘‘It’s been 16 years, but it’s got to be done,’’ Startari said.

‘‘It (RPL) should be a tight game. They’ve had it over us this season but hopefully the boys can pull something out for our last game.’’

He said all players upped the tempo when it came to playing their Cobram counterparts, but this season had seen Cobram most successful in RPL clashes.

‘‘For the last year or so we haven’t got ourselves up for it and paid the price.’’

Ex-players have been invited back for the event, with a barbecue for both clubs after the games.

‘‘I suppose it’s a get together before next season, the end and the start .. one chapter’s closed and another’s started,’’ Startari said.

In 16 years of local derbies, Startari said the first one in 2007 was still the most memorable.

‘‘It was like the whole town was there. And the build up to it — it had never been done before, so it was pretty exciting.’’

In years before 2014, Victory had the best of the cross-town rivalry, taking the flag two years ago and winning the Victorian Mirabella Cup’s Regional Challenge in 2011.

‘‘We’re hoping we get good support there in general, for last ever derby, let’s get all the locals come and support us one last time,’’ Startari said.

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