As master tactician Sun Tzu once said, ‘‘If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.’’
While neither the Goulburn Valley League or Western Region Football League coaching staff will be dusting off their copy of The Art of War ahead of tomorrow’s AFL Victoria Community Championships clash, they will still be well-prepared for battle come 12.15pm.
At the time of writing the finalised Western Region team was yet to be publicly announced, but there is still plenty to glean from the initial squad and subsequent player confirmations.
During the week senior coach Brad Julier anointed his leadership group, with Werribee Districts’ Rhyce Prismall set to captain the side and Steve Kennedy (Altona) and Braden Ferrari (Hoppers Crossing) to act as his deputies.
While Prismall and Ferrari are guns in their own right, Kennedy’s potential head-to-head contest against GV captain Jason Cole is one that would be well worth the price of entry at Avalon Airport Oval tomorrow.
The pair are almost carbon copies in the way they play — both are silky, clean ball winners, but are not afraid to muck in and do the hard work to get their team over the line.
Kennedy also catches the eye wherever he goes — with the 2015 Henderson Medal (Ballarat league) and 2017 Barry Priest Medal (Western Region league) among the accolades in his trophy cabinet — and will do the same again at Werribee tomorrow.
GV ruck duo Zac Norris and Harry Boyd will also have their hands full in the middle of the ground, with former Western Bulldogs-listed big man Luke Goetz (Altona) set to line up for Western Region.
Standing taller than 200cm, Goetz will be an imposing presence for Norris and Boyd to deal with across the field tomorrow.
Other names in the initial Western Region squad who have also tasted what life on an AFL list has to offer include Jack Redpath (Deer Park), Andrejs Everitt (Yarraville-Seddon), Brenton Payne (Hoppers Crossing) and Dillon Viojo-Rainbow (Werribee Districts).