FOUR players will make their open Ovens and Murray representative debuts against Goulburn Valley at Yarrawonga’s J.C. Lowe Oval on Saturday.
North Albury’s Grace Senior, Wodonga Raiders’ Brooke Pryse, Wangaratta’s Leah Jenvey and Wangaratta Rovers’ Sami Kreltszheim have been called into the side.
Magpie Lou Byrne will coach the open team for the first time.
“We will have a young side this weekend which is exciting,” Byrne said.
“It’s great to have those avenues.
“I’ve coached a lot of the girls in the junior Ovens and Murray sides before so it’s good to see them step into the open team.”
The Ovens and Murray’s defence faces a major overhaul with Lavington defenders Rhiannon Dolahenty, Kate Yensch and Sarah Meredith unavailable due to a wedding.
Byrne said Thursday night’s training session would be vital to the side’s preparation.
“We are only going to have one training so we’ll play a practice game and work on a few things,” she said.
“The under-17s will be training at Yarrawonga as well so we will be able to put some plans in place. Saturday’s game is a good hit-out ahead of Melbourne.”
While the Ovens and Murray will be looking to work on their combinations, Goulburn Valley is set to field a more settled line-up.
“We have heard they are mainly Shepparton Bears players,” she said.
“They look like the strongest club in the GV.
“They have been playing consistently with each other so it will be interesting.”
North Albury’s Paula Cary will coach the under-17s.
The open team is: Nakita Singe and Grace Senior (North Albury), Hannah Grady, Leah Jenvey and Issy Byrne (Wangaratta), Brooke Pryse (Wodonga Raiders), Ainslee O’Connell (Lavington), Sami Kreltszheim (Wangaratta Rovers), Sophie Hanrahan (Corowa-Rutherglen).