MYRTLEFORD co-coach Leigh Corcoran believes the Saints have nothing to lose in their opening round clash against reigning premiers Albury at McNamara Reserve tomorrow.
With the home team set to start rank outsiders, Corcoran said the players were excited by the prospect of taking on the biggest challenge in country Victoria.
“We feel good about it,” Corcoran said.
“It’s better to play Albury early and test yourselves against the best.
“That’s how we see it.
“We are fitter than what we have been in previous years at this point and the list has come through pre-season unscathed so I think it’s an exciting challenge and we just have to go for it.”
Myrtleford has turned plenty of heads with its recruiting and strong practice match form and will head into the clash at virtual full strength with the exception of Riley O’Shea who is another 10 weeks away with a knee injury.
While Brad Murray and Kristan Height have been heavily tagged in recent years, opposition teams will face more of a headache this season with recruits Willie Thorne and Mitch Hough adding further class around the packs.
Thorne’s Western Australia teammate Andrew Hodder has been a surprise packet and could also prove a handful.
Myrtleford will need to break even in the midfield or Albury twin towers Setanta ad Aisake o’hAilpin could become a nightmare against an under-sized Saint defence that will be marshalled again by veteran Luke Chapman.
“Albury’s height will be a strength for them and that’s a challenge we face,” Corcoran said.
“We can only worry about our game and our strengths though.”
Corcoran said he had no regrets about retiring after a fine 200-match career with Wodonga Raiders and Myrtleford.
With his co-coach Murray set to be in the thick of the action on the ground, Corcoran believes it will be a good mix with him calling the shots from the sidelines.
“I haven’t missed it yet (playing),” he said.
“We have a pretty good set up in place.”
Albury’s depth has never been more evident with flag backman Michael Thompson picked in the reserves after a limited pre-season.
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