North Ballarat Rebels to play in inaugural Anzac Day match

NORTH Ballarat Rebels will make history when they play Calder Cannons in the TAC Cup’s inaugural Anzac Day match.

The Rebels will be chasing their first win of the season when the sides meet at Highgate Recreational Reserve at 1pm.

Eight Wimmera players will represent the under-18 side, however Ararat’s Xavier Vearing, shoulder, and Horsham’s Ryan Kemp will be among five changes.

Rebels talent manager Phil Partington said it was a big occasion and test against the third-placed Cannons.

“We spoke about it a bit on Tuesday night at training – what people sacrificed for what we’ve got today in Australia,” he said.

“We’ve got a few players back this week and we just need the boys to put in a consistent four-quarter performance.”

Nine players will return to the Rebels side after representing Vic Country in an under-18 trial game against Northern Territory on Friday last week, including co-captains Keegan Mason and Josh Webster.

Mr Partington said full-back and Horsham Saints product James Richards was among the Rebels’ best performers in the 95-point win.

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