MALLEE Football League will be gunning for a WorkSafe AFL Victoria Country Championships top 10 berth when it plays Yarra Valley Mountain District Football League on Saturday.
The Mallee men will carry winning form into the clash at Woori Yallock after four consecutive victories against Central Murray, Wimmera, North Central and Horsham District football leagues.
Mallee playing-coach Col Durie said the side was aiming for five in a row.
“We have spoken about the opportunity to crack into the top 10,” he said.
“It would be awesome for the competition, the clubs and the players who have given that effort over the past five years.
“We’ve got a young running side, so if it’s nice and fine and the grounds are nice and hard hopefully we’ll be able to use our run.”
Durie said key to the Mallee’s chances would be the likes of centre Jack Shannahan, North Ballarat VFL-listed winger Coleman Schache and running defenders Matt Elliott and Luke Martin providing delivery into the forward line.
He said Brad Vallance, David Piasente and Tyler Lehmann would miss with injury, while Brodie Adcock, Simon Brown and Elliott would represent the league for the first time.
Mallee Football League v Yarra Valley Mountain District Football League
Saturday, 12.30pm at Woori Yallock
Back: Jeremy Brown, Walpeup-Underbool, Sam Martin, Beulah; Matt Elliott, Sea Lake-Nandaly Tigers.
Half-back: Fabian Dorbolo, Beulah; Travis Johnson, Jeparit-Rainbow; Luke Martin, Sea Lake Nandaly-Tigers.
Centre: Coleman Schache, Hopetoun; Jack Shannahan, Woomelang-Lascelles; Tom Summerhayes, Sea Lake-Nandaly Tigers.
Half-forward: Jason Turnbull, Beulah; Dennis Redden, Beulah; Haydn Drew, Hopetoun.
Forward: Zac Robins, Hopetoun; Jayden Lonergan, Woomelang-Lascelles; Lachy Foott, Beulah.
Ruck: Tim Darcy, Beulah; Col Durie, Sea Lake-Nandaly Tigers; Brock Orval, Beulah.
Interchange: Callum Buchanan, Beulah; Mark Charleson, Woomelang-Lascelles; Brodie Adcock-Woomelang Lascelles; Simon Brown, Walpeup-Underbool.