Bare Hoppers ranks filled by kids and recruits

NORTH Albury’s on-field rebuild started last night when it named six first-gamers for tomorrow’s clash at home against Wangaratta Rovers.

Josh Minogue, Adam Elias, Clay Moscher- Thomas, Rhys Dempsey, as well as recruits Simon Mitchelhill and Lachlan Taylor-Nugent, will make their senior debut for the Hoppers.

The club has endured massive change since it took on the Hawks in last year’s elimination final, revealing it was $123,000 in debt in January.

Elias has broken into the senior side after taking out the Hoppers’ reserves best and fairest last year, with Minogue, Dempsey and Moscher-Thomas also coming through the club ranks.

The Hawks also have several new faces, with star recruits Daniel Archer, James Mulligan and Jarrad Boumann just a handful of those set to make their debut for the Hawks tomorrow.

Corowa-Rutherglen coach Bryce Campbell looks to have fought off pre-season hamstring troubles. He named himself at half-back for the Roos’ crunch clash with Wangaratta.

Key forward Luke Gestier has also been included after being restricted by the same problem in recent weeks.

Campbell said the Roos wouldn’t be taking any risks.

“As much as everyone is excited for round 1, it’s a long year and we won’t be taking anyone in that’s underdone,” he said.

“We’ve got a full list to pick from but a few guys needed to get through training last night.

“I’m one of them.”

The Pies, meanwhile, welcomed back star midfielder Jamie Allan for the first time since the 2012 season.

Allan spent last season at Heidelberg. Teammate Joel Harris has joined him at the Norm Minns Oval this year.