Undera and Longwood are looking for further improvement when they clash in Kyabram District Football League on Saturday.MATTHEW GALEA April 3, 2014 4:15am
Improvement is the aim of the game for Undera and Longwood heading into their round one Kyabram District Football League clash.
Both suffered season opening defeats and, while the respective sides took positive steps, they are a long way from the finished article.
Longwood coach Matthew Chilcott said while his new-look Redlegs side would take time to jell, a similar high-turnover of players at clubs across the league meant form could fluctuate quickly.
‘‘Country footy isn’t like in Melbourne where you progress from year-to year. This year we’re a completely different side and so are a lot of other teams,’’ Chilcott said.
‘‘That means you can turn it around in a very short period and you can also go from top to bottom very quickly.
‘‘Last year and the year before is not relevant to where we are at at the moment.’’
Chilcott will welcome new signing Luke Spargo from Seymour into the team this weekend, while Daniel Irwin, Bradley McNamara and Ashley McLelland will also feature.
He will be without Ashleigh Noonan and Bradley Triplett and potentially others, meaning he will have to restructure the side again.
‘‘It’ll just be another ‘suck it and see’ experience for us .
Undera coach Alan Richardson said his own side’s team balance had been affected by the high turnover of personnel, including a number of late acquisitions.
Matt Boyle arrives from Shepparton Swans along with Arnon Limprasert from Shepparton.
‘‘We’ve sort of struggled with our team balance in terms of knowing what each other’s traits are, so we just want to get the side settled going forward,’’ Richardson said.
Richardson said with Longwood doing a lot of strengthening itself, he could not afford to have his team thinking the game was won before it was played.
‘‘Josh McDonald played at the Swans and Chilcott kicked four last week, so he’s obviously one of their go-to guys,’’ Richardson said.
‘‘We’re really strong in defence, so we’re happy with that, we’re just breaking down at half-forward at the moment.’’
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