Luke Garland says O and M captaincy is one of his career highlights

Luke Garland celebrates a recent goal and he'll be hoping to do likewise against Western Region. Garland debuted at rep level in 2011.
Luke Garland celebrates a recent goal and he'll be hoping to do likewise against Western Region. Garland debuted at rep level in 2011.

Newly appointed interleague captain Luke Garland says one of the highlights of his career will mean little if the league falls against Western Region on Saturday.

“It’s definitely up there with the best honours I’ve had, in saying that, I think it will be made a little more special if we go there and get the job done,” he said.

Garland made his representative debut in 2011 during Matt Pendergast’s first year.

The O and M has had a rollercoaster ride in the past decade, but it’s largely regained its standing, particularly after toppling Goulburn Valley last year to move into the current five v six clash at Yarrawonga’s JC Lowe Oval.

“It’s really improved since guys like ‘Henners’ (co-coach Jon Henry) and Darrell Spencer took over and it’s really good that Brad Murray’s there (as co-coach), he played a lot of good representative footy,” Garland said.

“I guess when you’re involved (in rep footy) and respect those guys as much as everyone does, it’s fairly easy to get up and play for them.”