EARLY title favourites Twin City Wanderers franked the form guide with a 2-1 win over Albury United in the final of the Andronicos Cup last night.
The Wanderers went 2-0 ahead in the final at Jelbart Park before United dragged one back.
But coach David Afonso said the traditional pre-season warm-up had highlighted the depth in this year’s competition.
“We are pretty happy to go away with the win,” he said.
“We rotated 18 players through the day and we will be better for the hitout, a bit of time on the ball and fitness — but so will everyone else.
“Certainly United looked good in the final, Melrose will be strong and Boomers are so well organised with Andrew Grove at the helm they will be a threat too.
“I don’t think you can pencil in any wins from what I saw there and most of the teams were without some of their better players and used the competition to blood some of their younger players.”
Twin City drew 1-1 with Boomers and beat Wodonga Heart, Albury City and Melrose FC in the pool matches.
Albury United took its chances earlier in the day with a 3-0 win over an undermanned reigning League and Cup champions Wodonga Diamonds.
Albury City won the Ianotta Cup for women.