WHOROULY coach Scott McMasters can understand why many critics wrote off the Lions during the off-season.
With players of the ilk of Luke Matheson, Luke Elkington and Brendan Roche moving on for one reason or another, the club was in the midst of some massive changes.
“We lost nearly 1000 games of experience over the off-season,” McMasters said.
“I think we have surprised a few people.
“I just think the youthful exuberance has been good and the boys just love playing together.
“A lot of them are close mates.
“It’s been a good effort but there is still a long way to go.”
While Whorouly hasn’t been able to match the top three in Milawa, Glenrowan and Tarrawingee, it has been sitting just off the pace and looks set to be a part of another finals campaign.
Matt Charleston, Liam Harrington, Anthony Ivone, Ben Paul, Damien Ravida, Chris Buckland and Bryce Hooper have been among the success stories for the club.
McMasters said ladder leader Milawa would provide the ultimate test in this match of the round at Whorouly on Saturday.
“They are obviously a very good side,” he said.
Bright should bolster its finals chances by crushing North Wang- aratta at Bright.
Moyhu will upstage Goorambat at Moyhu and Glenrowan will be too good for Bonnie Doon at Glenrowan.
Tarrawingee will down Greta at home and King Valley should edge out Benalla All Blacks at Whitfield.