THE Hamilton Kangaroos last night showed off the jumper their players will wear in their historic Hampden football league debut next month.
A selection of players including midfielder Hamish Waldron, key forward Hugh Douglas, talented teen Will Lenehan and assistant coach Gareth Crawford modelled the home strip for their round one encounter against Cobden on April 13 at Melville Oval.
It is expected to be worn for the first time in the pre-season competition at Port Fairy in nine days.
The players gave the jumper the thumbs up, with Waldron impressed.
“It’s come up well,” he said.
On a hot night, a youthful squad was put through its paces by coach Mick Edmonds at Pedrina Park.
Edmonds, who took over the reins of the club in January, said the Kangaroos would be young, quick and determined.
It was illustrated with some gut-busting running in a full-ground drill where players moved the ball quickly.
Edmonds said he had spent some time working with his squad on the style of play he wanted.
“We are going to work on a quick, running style of football that is reflective of the Hampden league,” he said.
“But we will bring our own flair. We don’t want to lose a lot of the traits from the Western Border league. It’s known as a really good physical style.”
The Kangaroos, formed out of a merger between Hamilton and Hamilton Imperials, boast some exciting young players, with Lenehan named on the North Ballarat Rebels’ TAC Cup list.
The Kangaroos will open their competitive campaign in the pre-season cup competition on March 16, before playing practice matches against Panmure and Hampden league rival Terang Mortlake on Easter Monday.