The Kyabram District interleague team will try to keep it simple this weekend.
‘‘Hopefully (we’ll have) some quick ball movement and obviously (kick it) straight down the middle,’’ captain Tyson Sidebottom said.
‘‘(We’re a) good skillful side and hopefully we get the win.’’
Kyabram’s squad will make the almost four-hour trek to Colac for Saturday’s AFL Victoria Community Championships showdown against Colac District Football Netball League.
While Sidebottom admitted his knowledge of this weekend’s opposition was limited, his charges will still take plenty of confidence into the clash.
‘‘I’ve got no idea, I’ve never even thought about the Colac District league before,’’ Sidebottom said.
‘‘We can only do what we can with two training runs before the game. Hopefully we can bond together and get the win on the board.
‘‘(Our team) is not too bad, it’s fairly young. Obviously we get our injuries and blokes pull out and stuff like that.
‘‘It could be better, but we’ve just got to take what we can and hopefully we get another win.’’
Last year Kyabram’s side smashed Golden Rivers 21.13 (139) to 9.2 (56), and this season the boys are again out to make a statement.
‘‘The league’s done a great job to get the blokes involved and the group together,’’ Sidebottom said.
‘‘Obviously we only have two training runs, but we did the same last year and got the win, so hopefully it works the same this year.
‘‘I enjoy it (interleague), it’s a good bonding day, you get to know new blokes and you get to play different footy and play against another league.’’
Sidebottom hopes his Tallygaroopna teammates — as well as stars from rival teams — will lead the way on the field.
‘‘There’s a few (stars) from Lancaster, and we haven’t played Lancaster yet, they’re obviously travelling along all right,’’ Sidebottom said.
‘‘But there’s guys like Mitch Sidey (Sidebottom), he’s been a dominant ruckman for us and (Daniel) Flynn from Stanhope he’s another dominant ruckman.
‘‘Hopefully the blokes we pick can bond together and hopefully win.’’
Avenel: Max Lawrence, Garth Davies; Dookie United: Andrew O’Connor, Brodie Gooks; Girgarre: Nick Mellington; Lancaster: Logan Demasi, Drew Barrett, Nathan Torney, Zac Cerrone; Longwood: Jack Myers; Merrigum: Daniel Clarke; Murchison-Toolamba: Ashton Cashion; Rushworth: Adam Bennett, Harley Nancarrow, Ryan Dunmore; Stanhope: James Fraser, Daniel Flynn, Cobey Aynsley, Lucas White, Robert Montgomery, Stuart Trevena; Tallygaroopna: Tyson Sidebottom, Tim Karolidis, Mitch Sidebottom, Dylan Sidebottom, Nick Fichera; Undera: Brenton Campbell, Kaine Herbert, Mitchell Kyle; Violet Town: Brad Cunningham.
Colac will be eager to lift on last year
Although Saturday’s interleague clash between Kyabram and Colac is down the bottom of the AFL Victoria Community Championships pecking order, the contest will be as fierce as any.
With the local hopes ranked 29th on the sliding scale of squads — and host Colac 30th — there is not just a way up the ladder on offer; there is pride on the line.
Kyabram District Football League’s charges have been focusing mostly on what they can bring to the table this weekend, but it serves a strong purpose to peer over the fence into the opposition’s backyard to see what they are up against.
The Colac District unit will be tough to beat at Central Colac Reserve, despite copping a beating at the hands of Horsham last year to the tune of 90 points.
Almost all of Colac’s squad at last check — 28 of 36 — come from the best six teams in the 10-team competition according to current ladder position — Birregurra, Alvie, South Colac, Lorne, Simpson and Apollo Bay.
Former Alvie coach and one-time Fitzroy player Steve O’Dowd is taking the reins for the second year in a row, and will be out to improve on last season’s showing.
Lorne’s Kane Smartt, South Colac’s Jake O’Dwyer and Birregurra duo Andrew Kelly and Stephen Salajan were among Colac’s best players in last year’s defeat and are around the squad once more.
●The under-18 Colac District squad had a much closer contest against Horsham last season, going down by just 14 points when the final siren sounded.
Mick Royal will coach the side, which at the time of printing had not been whittled down further than the initial 43-man squad which was announced last week.