TALLANGATTA and District has bucked the recent lack of interest in representative football by naming a powerful line-up to play Kyabram and District at Albury Sportsground on Saturday.
Coach Andrew Robertson described the team as the best in his three years at the helm, with Yackandandah star Trent Castles and Thurgoona’s Lucas Mellier to co-captain the team.
Other big name players to make themselves available include goalkicking machine Darren Bradshaw, Barton medallist Cameron McNeill and in-form Mitta United forward James Gray.
“It’s a really strong squad,” Robertson said last night.
“I would say it’s the best side we have had in my time doing the job.
“There has been a lot of support from clubs and players and they are all looking forward to Saturday.”
TDFL officials last night called in dual Albury Thunder rugby league premiership coach Josh Cale to speak to the players after training.
Ovens and Murray Hall of Famer Paul Spargo addressed the team last year before it humiliated the Hume league for the second successive year.
Robertson said he was confident the TDFL had most bases covered against Kyabram and District.
“Up forward we have some good key position players in Darren Bradshaw, Trent Castles and James Gray and players like Lucas Mellier, Cam McNeill and Jack Price will be in the midfield,” he said.
“The backline looks strong as well.
“Kyabram is a bit of an unknown, I guess, as we haven’t played them before so it’s just going to be one of those times when you have a look at everything in the first quarter and take it from there.
“We’ll do as much homework on them as we can though.”
Kyabram and District lost to the Riddell and District league by 77 points in the 29 v 30 match at Tatura last year.