The Barooga Night Series starts March 12 for the Deni Rovers, who will tackle either Finley or Barooga first.February 21, 2014 4:50am
The Deni Rovers have been drawn to play in division one of the Barooga Night Series next month.
Only four teams make up the top division this year, with the Roos to meet Murray Football League sides Finley and Barooga.
An influx of clubs wanting to play in division two is what led the Rovers to step up a notch, and coach Luke Moodie said his charges are ready to tackle the new competition head on.
‘‘(The organisers) asked us if we could play division one and we have helped them out,’’ Moodie said.
‘‘March premierships aren’t anything we are after so we are taking this as a good opportunity to play some top quality sides and are using it as a gauge to see what’s required.
‘‘Finley has been right up there for the last couple of years and that should be a very good hitout.’’
Both of the Rovers’ games are on Wednesdays, starting 7.30pm, but which team they play first has not been confirmed.
The games will be played on March 12 and 19.
After departures of several key players over summer, Moodie said he has shifted his focus to the youth coming through the Rovers’ ranks, and is also excited to see some of last year’s reserves players in action in the Night Series.
‘‘It’s no secret that we are probably going to struggle a bit this year but we have got a long of young kids coming through,’’ Moodie said.
‘‘There’s also a couple of seconds footy players from last year like Dave Jarrott, Damian Hope and Scotty Beecroft who will have a good chance to play regular senior footy this year.
‘‘They are virtually new recruits for us considering they didn’t play seniors last year.
‘‘Joe Hay is another kid who has been really good at training and is keen to learn, but he is only 16 so he might not play a lot of senior footy.’’
On Wednesday the Rovers swapped their footballs for bicycles and rode an 11km loop from Memorial Park to Blackett St, out the Wakool Rd and then back to the oval via Crispe St.
‘‘We have been trying to mix it up a bit and unfortunately we copped gale force winds on Wednesday,’’ Moodie said.
‘‘But we had 14 guys on their bikes which was good to see and we will be back to some hard training next week.’’
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