Saturday's inter-league matches and teams.
HEATHCOTE DISTRICT V HORSHAM DISTRICT - Horsham City Oval, Horsham, 2pm Saturday.
IT will be the battle of the HDFL’s for the second time in four years when Heathcote District travels to take on Horsham District.
Coach Murray Collins has identified pace as the key to his side’s chances of victory at the Horsham City Oval.
Heathcote will also keep the pressure on Horsham in the midfield with up to 12 players who will be part of the onball rotation.
While there’s plenty of midfield options, the defence has a strong look about it with captain Tim Hill, Kahl Oliver, Matthew Jefferies, Chris Black and Matt Riordan among the back six.
Down the other end, it looks like Heathcote will be reliant on finding a spread of goalkickers.
B: R. Alford M. Riordan J. Keath
Hb: T. Hill K. Oliver M. Jefferies
C: M. Angove C. Thiesz L. Jacobs
Hf: J. Truefeldt H. Sirett R. Hocking
F: C. Brady M. McEvoy T. Bacon
Foll: L. Sirett S. Fiske J. Findlay
Interchange: G. Bowles, C. Black, J. Helman, K. Ngawati, B. Perry
Coach: Murray Collins. Ranking: No.19.
Last year: 13.14 (92) lt Nepean 18.17 (125).
B: C. Oliver J. Mebus S. Heath
Hb: S. Carey M. Phelan D. Roberts
C: D. Esson B. Christie J. Kerr
Hf: B. Forsyth A. Close S. Jasper
F: S. Argall T. Wade C. Hobbs
Foll: A. Chavasse T. Friend S. Winfield
Interchange: (from) A. Pekin, O. Braithweight, D. Folkes, S. McLure, B. Keily, S. Gilbert
Coach: Geoff Burdett. Ranking: No.20.
Last year: 16.12 (108) d Loddon Valley 10.18 (78).
LODDON VALLEY V CENTRAL HIGHLANDS - Bungaree, 2pm Saturday
THE Loddon Valley’s tougher stance on inter-league selection has paid off with an impressive squad to make the trip to Danny Frawley’s old stomping ground, Bungaree, to tackle Central Highlands.
For a start, the team’s spine reads Daniel Nalder, Brodie Leonard-Shannon, Lachlan Ford, Taylor Strachan and Paul Grayling.
Starting in the centre square are the past two Harding medallists in Adam Parry and co-coach Corey Gregg, alongside recruits Ford and Chris Morgan in the ruck.
But what highlights the team’s depth is the calibre of the players on the bench - last year’s captain Gavin James, Jordan Gilboy, Angus Fortune and Danny Bateman.
B: L. Driscoll D. Nalder J. Shaw
Hb: D. Clutton B. Leonard-Shannon A. Gladman
C: M. Perri L. Ford G. Scholtes
Hf: R. Ford T. Strachan J. Sandiford
F: Z. Broadbent P. Grayling Z. East
Foll: C. Morgan A. Parry C. Gregg
Interchange: G. James, J. Gilboy, A. Fortune, D. Bateman
Coaches: Corey Gregg and Damien Featherby. Ranking: No.23.
Last year: 10.18 (78) lt Horsham District 16.12 (108).
B: J. Rushton M. Gunnell A. Ware
Hb: N. Hind D. Day A. Munari
C: J. Morgan S. Turner S. Mann
Hf: W. Young S. Finlayson J. Mahar
F: T. Eltringham B. Sutcliffe N. Pring
Foll: D. Benson C. O’Keefe J. Delaney
Interchange: L. Gunnell, S. Jenkins, D. O’Halloran, T. Ross
Coach: Greg Middleton. Ranking: No.24.
Last year: 20.16 (136) d Ovens and King 3.9 (27).
MARYBOROUGH-CASTLEMAINE DISTRICT V GEELONG DISTRICT - Princes Park, Maryborough, 2.15pm Saturday.
MARYBOROUGH- Castlemaine will have the home advantage for its game against Geelong District.
The team has a new look about it, with only five members of last year’s side that belted Picola District South by 69 points playing again on Saturday.
Star midfielder Daniel Parkin will captain the side and is among five Navarre players in the starting 18, including three Driscoll’s - Josh, Cody and Ash.
The forward line should have plenty of firepower in it with no room in the starting line-up for Nick Wright or Murray Bond.
Geelong District will be determined to show plenty after last year’s 10-goal loss to North Central.
B: S. Sellers T. Stewart J. Fowkes
Hb: J. Driscoll B. Krol N. Spolding
C: J. Templeton D. Parkin M. Kennedy
Hf: J. Cross M. Strickland C. Roscholler
F: C. Driscoll A. Driscoll M. Brown
Foll: N. Reid P. Cummins D. Aspland
Interchange: N. Wright, M. Smith, D. Barr, M. Bond, A. Pilgrim
Coach: Shane Fisher. Ranking: No.22.
Last year: 17.13 (115) d Picola District South 6.10 (46).
B: C. Addie T. Parsons C. Collins
Hb: B. Fletcher S. Richert L. Parker
C: T. Fursland D. Fitzsimmons A. Challis
Hf: D. Witney J. Pittman J. MacLeod
F: D. Holzfeind B. Miller J. Butty
Foll: L. Wilson P. Di Santo M. Smith
Interchange: B. Boulton, T. Sauni, A. Fantella, J. Brauman, B. McNamara
Coach: Daryl Bisset. Ranking: No.21.
Last year: 11.7 (73) lt North Central 20.14 (134).
NORTH CENTRAL V WIMMERA - Lord Nelson Park, St Arnaud, 2pm Saturday.
NORTH Central chases its third inter-league victory in a row when it hosts Wimmera at St Arnaud.
Perhaps the side could be nicknamed the Redbacks, with half the North Central team players from the powerful Wedderburn.
North Central has kicked 20 and 23 goals in its past two inter-league wins, and looks to have the makings of another big score with a forward line boasting not only the star power of Brady Herdman and captain Sam Barnes, but James McNamee, Nick Coghlan and Ricky Allan.
Good luck to the Wimmera defenders.
There will be some added spice to the game with the leagues in close proximity.
B: Boe Bish A. Wilson B. DeAraugo
Hb: R. McHugh R. Thompson C. Milward
C: D. Benaim J. Smith A. Walklate
Hf: J. McNamee B. Herdman L. McCarthy
F: Nick Coghlan S. Barnes R. Allan
Foll: A. Postle M. Lloyd R. Tonkin
Interchange: H. Polglase, C. Perry, D. Lourey, D. Thiesz
Coach: James Coatsworth. Ranking: No.18.
Last year: 20.14 (134) d Geelong District 11.7 (73).
B: B. Harrison S. Christopher R. Conboy
Hb: J. Delahunty P. Weir A. McCrae
C: J. Wood P. Knott A. Trethowan
Hf: J. Williamson K. Delahunty B. Cosson
F: L. Cavanagh L. Excell T. Eckell
Foll: J. Chilver D. Mandes N. Pekin
Interchange: S. Field, J. Geue, N. Sibson, J. Peters
Coach: Louie Dalziell. Ranking: No.17.
Last year: 15.11 (101) lt Casey Cardinia 17.11 (113).