Katandra’s inaugural Murray Football League campaign starts today.
While there has been plenty of positive opinion surrounding fellow ex-Picola league clubs Shepparton East and Tungamah and the chances of competitiveness in the Murray system, the Kats have flown largely under the radar.
After securing just one victory in the south-east division of the Picola competition last year, the jump to the Murray ranks looks a large one.
But coach Ramadan Yze is full of confidence about the season ahead.
‘‘Even though we only won the one game last year I thought we were competitive in all of them and we let ourselves down in probably one quarter of footy,’’ Yze said.
‘‘So stepping up to the Murray league, yeah it’s a step up but I back a couple of the kids to really take it up to the Murray league big boys and give it a shake.
‘‘A lot of them have told me at training how excited they are and that they can’t wait to have a crack at it and show them what we’re all about.
‘‘And I think as a club we’re all excited to show the Murray league what we’re about and show them our facilities, which are first class.’’
Katandra’s facilities will get their first work out under the Murray banner today when Shepparton East comes to town and Yze knows the size of the task in front of his troops.
‘‘I went and had a look at them last week actually and they’re a quality side, so we’re going to have our work cut out for us,’’ he said.
Luke Minogue, Jaidyn Thorne and Brenton, Matt and Andrew Riordan will be massive inclusions for the Kats when they take to the field, but supporters may have to wait a few weeks for that moment.
‘‘We’ve got a few locals that have come back to help the club and create a bit of buzz around the place and we’re all looking forward to it,’’ Yze said.
‘‘Andrew’s body is okay at the minute, he has missed a bit of cricket (over summer) and we’re hoping he can get back on the track quite soon.
‘‘He’s moving around a lot better than he used to so we’re hoping for big things from Andrew actually.
‘‘He’s a wealth of knowledge as an assistant coach as well so he’s been helping a lot at training.’’
The community has also rallied around the Kats in the off-season, with new sponsor Metricon Homes jumping on board.
‘‘We’ve got new jumpers on board with the Metricon logo on the back,’’ Yze said.
‘‘I was lucky enough through work to get the big boss to give us a sponsorship so it’s really good.’’
Pat Frappell, Corey Hickford, Rex Wardle, Xavier Chalkley and Will Jeffrey were just some of the names Yze threw out as possible big improvers this season and they will have to do just that for the Kats to best a red-hot Eagles outfit today.
Dwain Vidler’s charges came from behind to defeat Tungamah by 30 points last week, with Matt Rendina, Duane Hueston, Campbell Marx, Ryan Pfeiffer and Jamie Spencer among the stars.