WIMMERA Football League chief commissioner Trevor Albrecht is excited to see how the best players in the league combine on Saturday.
The side will come up against a familiar opponent having beaten the Bellarine Football League by seven points in 2015.
“This is the second biggest weekend on our calendar behind the grand final,” Albrecht said.
“Especially with it being a home fixture this season after being on the road for three of the past four seasons.
“I also have some pretty fond memories from the last time we played Bellarine – it was a good win in what was one of the best games of country footy I’ve seen.”
He said that a good mix of experience and youth should hold the side in good stead.
“Shayne Breuer, Scott Batchelor and Ryan McKenzie have done a terrific job bringing the squad together,” he said.
“I’ve seen some good sides in the last three years but I think this ones tops all of those.”
Despite the Bellarine league not bringing a junior side to Horsham for an encounter Albrecht said he was thrilled he would get the chance to watch two junior Wimmera sides face off.
“It’s a great chance for those players to showcase their skills in front of Jason Muldoon,” he said.
“There will be players in that team that just missed out on Rebels squads and there is twice as many opportunities because we’re filling both teams.”
He said he was sure that representing their league and watching the senior side run out afterwards would instil a desire within the young players to play representative football again in the future.
“They’ll all hang around to watch the senior and everyone single one will want to play in that game further down the track,” he said.
He said the league had worked hard to ensure that the senior game would not be a standalone fixture.
“There was always going to be either a junior game or a women’s game beforehand,” he said.
“There will be a Wimmera Whippets game to kick things off so we’ve now got pretty much a full fixture.”