THREE Tallangatta premiership players will test themselves with Ovens and Murray club Albury this season.
Goal-shooter Emily Rodd and goal defence Karina Cameron played in the Hoppers’ thrilling grand final win over Kiewa-Sandy Creek last year.
Defender Rebekah Ohlin missed last season after having a baby but played a key role in Tallangatta’s 2017 flag.
Albury coach Sarah Moore is confident the trio will make a successful transition to the Ovens and Murray.
“One of our former players has seen plenty of the girls playing in the Tallangatta league and we were very keen for them to come across,” Moore said.
“They are quality players and, from what I have seen, they will handle the jump to the Ovens and Murray just fine.
“They have done the pre-season and trials and we’re looking forward to them playing with us.”
Former North Albury and Culcairn player Emma Schulz has also joined Albury on the recommendation of former player Jess Fisher-Curnow.
“It’s going to be a totally different look side to last year,” he said.
“It’s an exciting thing because these girls are very enthusiastic and want to stamp themselves on the league.
“They aren’t going in there to hide, they are looking to make a statement and show they belong.”
Defenders Brigetta Hart and Bridget Aughton have departed the Albury Sportsground after playing in the Tigers’ grand final loss to Wangaratta last season.
Former coach Olivia Aughton’s playing future remains unclear.
Albury lost to Wangaratta by 11 goals in the decider with the Magpies set to remain a force with minimal departures over the off-season.
Mikaela Trethowan is the only confirmed departure from Norm Minns Oval.
“We have stayed pretty much the same,” club head coach Louise Byrne said.
“The girls have trained well and are still hungry.
“Our B grade won last year so some of our younger girls could push up as well.”
Kellie Keen has been re-appointed as A-grade coach.
Star player Ash Martin will coach Wangaratta Rovers.