Shepparton Swans and Mooroopna will be giving it their all from the opening bounce of the first game Goulburn Valley Football League when they clash tomorrow.HANNAH DRISCOLL April 4, 2014 4:15am
Mooroopna captain Kane Atkinson and Swans captain Jessie Finnen test the water ahead of their round one clash in Goulburn Valley Football League.
The hard work of pre-season is over, it is time for that long-awaited first bounce to start a new season.
Shepparton Swans and Mooroopna will start the Goulburn Valley Football League competition tomorrow with both sides aching to get onto Princess Park to begin their campaigns.
Swans coach Brett Warburton said there would be some keen to see if the Swans were a one-hit wonder after their phenomenal rise last year to a preliminary final.
The core Swans group will be supported by recruits such as Justin Maddern and Brady Childs from South Bendigo, Myrtleford’s Josh Chapman and Shepparton United’s Tom Campbell.
He believed the Cats had some terrific young local players coming through and expected a tough outing, despite their departures.
‘‘I look at the young kids they’re going to play and most of those young kids are local boys and that’s a really good thing,’’ Warburton said.
‘‘For us as a club that’s been through that situation you play with a lot of belief because they’re your mates that you’ve grown up with.
‘‘It’s a massive challenge for us to be able to stick with our game plan and deliver against a side that will be very competitive and wanting to outplay us.’’
The Swans’ reigning leading goal-kicker Dan Campbell (hand) and Shepparton recruit BJ Squire (ankle) had to have fitness tests at training last night, but Warburton was confident Geelong-based defender Dan Lovick would play, despite injuring his knee in the practice match against Deer Park.
Alex Overs, who was suspended last season for use of a prohibited substance, is likely to come through the reserves after injuring his groin in his first training session he was eligible to do once his suspension expired.
Mooroopna forward Rob Osborne (hip) and Pat O’Sullivan (knee) are also out for the Cats, while VFL-listed players Mitch Keddell and Pat Contin are unlikely to play due to several injuries to Richmond reserves’ line-up.
Mooroopna coach Blake Campbell said there would be about 10 players tomorrow who were either new to the club or making their senior debut.
He said the Cats had changed the game plan and would keep it as simple as possible, and the big focus this season was effort.
‘‘Our two practice matches we improved from one to the other which has been really good and we’ve got some real set objectives in terms of our key performance indicators and these sort of things that I know everyone else relies on, but it all comes back to effort,’’ Campbell said.
‘‘We think we’ll give the Swans a real big run for their money if our effort’s there, if our effort’s not there we’re going to be in trouble against anyone we play.’’
The redevelopment of Shepparton Library, which will feature accessible shelving, a teen-specific area, a Skype booth and internet-enabled work stations, will be completed in the next two months.
The Ovens & Murray qualifying final between Yarrawonga and Lavington on Saturday left spectators talking more about the standard of umpiring than the two competing teams.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
The Kiss Angels, 50 Shades of Hope team have come up with a creative way of fundraising for the Relay for Life, a purple potty.
District hotels and businesses may change rosters with penalty rates for casual employees on Sundays set to be cut.
Students visit local businesses for reading lessons
Bottle thrown at Jason Cole in bitter aftermath to Seymour-Benalla game on Saturday.
A truck driver is lucky to be alive after crashing into a Jerilderie home yesterday morning.
Chef and co-owner of Heathcote’s Willow Room Brent Loam is thrilled with the listing in the 2015 Age Good Food Guide
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
Murray Irrigation to search for new boss after Anthony Couroupis finishes with the company.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
A sophisticated hydroponic cannabis system was discovered by police at the Victoria Hotel last week.
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