Loyal rep servant Norman changes M for K

FORMER Wangaratta Rovers hard man Karl Norman is set to make his representative debut for the Ovens and King league in Saturday’s tussle against Farrer at W.J. Findlay Oval.

Karl Norman

Karl Norman

Norman was left out of the original squad but trained last week and will be picked.

“At this stage big Karl’s playing,” coach Finton Eames said.

“He trained last week and this week as well.

“It was more about how he was pulling up.

“He’s a big rap for rep footy and he will be fantastic for us on Saturday.”

Norman was a loyal Ovens and Murray servant in representative football during his decorated career with Wangaratta Rovers and will pose plenty of problems for Farrer with his brute strength.

Tarrawingee goal machine Hamish Moore is also locked in.

Moore has kicked 57 goals this season and shapes as a valuable inclusion as Ovens and King attempts to bounce back from last year’s hefty loss to Central Highlands.

“‘Hammer’s (Moore) really keen,” Eames said.

“He’s had a blistering start to the year and will travel up from Melbourne on Friday night.

“It’s another big tick for the rep side.”

The Ovens and King trounced Farrer by 57 points in their last meeting in 2009, with Eames being judged best on ground after turning in a dominant display on the ball.

“We played them a long time ago so it’s hard to take much out of that,” he said.

“I don’t know a lot about Farrer so you can only really worry about yourself.

“We probably have 90 per cent of the key players we were keen to put their hand up so we’re pretty happy.

“I think being in Wang has helped a bit travel-wise and having the home crowd.”