Shepparton United co-coach Tim Looby will lead Victoria Country One into battle against Victoria Metro tomorrow and he's confident his team can get the job done.DAMEN FRANCIS July 11, 2014 3:15am
Shepparton United’s Tim Looby will lead Victoria Country One into battle against Victoria Metro in the AFL Victoria Community Cup Clash tomorrow.
The Demons playing co-coach captained Goulburn Valley Football League to victory at the AFL Victoria Country Championships in May and was named Country skipper on Wednesday night.
Looby takes the role from sidelined Echuca United star and former Goulburn Valley and Victoria Country One teammate Guy Campbell, who led the side for the past three years.
A three-time Country representative, Looby is the most experienced member of this year’s team, and said it was a huge honour to wear the armband, in another significant career achievement.
‘‘It’s massive shoes to fill with Guy Campbell being the last captain and Joey McLaren before that, they have just led Victoria perfectly, so I can’t wait to get stuck into it,’’ Looby said.
‘‘(Vic One coach) Peter Knights rang me on Monday to let me know, but other than that you don’t think about those type of things as they pop up.
‘‘Things are going along pretty nicely at the moment, but footy’s a funny game, it throws up a lot of curve balls, so you don’t know what’s around the corner. You take the highs when they come.’’
Looby is among six GVFL representatives in the Country side — the most of any league — with Kyabram’s Tom Sheldon, Benalla’s Luke Morgan, Shepparton’s Daniel Willis, Rochester’s Brendon Hollow and Shepparton Swan Justin Maddern.
It would have been seven, but for the withdrawal of Benalla gun Will Martiniello with a finger injury.
‘‘Will was a monty to play, but they put him in the 26 to see how he pulled up by Wednesday, but he was no good,’’ Looby said.
‘‘It’s been a good year for the GVFL, they had a good win in the interleague and have a fair few guys representing Vic Country.’’
Sheldon, Hollow and Looby are the only players left from last year’s team, but the skipper, who expected to start in the back line, was confident of the team holding its own.
‘‘It’s very inexperienced, there’s a couple that played a few years ago, but it’s a lot of turnover of players, which can work in your favour too sometimes,’’ he said.
‘‘There’s still the quality there, the door closes for one and opens for another and everyone is a worthy player.
‘‘We’re going to come up against a pretty solid metro side, but I’m pretty confident we can get the job done.’’
The game has been moved from Kardinia Park in Geelong to Werribee’s Chirnside Park due to bad weather, but Looby was not concerned about the change in venue.
‘‘We’ll play on top of Mt Buller for all we care,’’ Looby said.
‘‘Peter Knights is really big on just being worried about what you can control, it’s just about how we play, not where we play.’’
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