EAST Warrnambool will use the pre-season cup this weekend to unleash some of its exciting young talent.
The Bombers have been drawn to play Nirranda and Russells Creek tomorrow at Friendly Societies’ Park.
The pre-season cup will feature an eight-team field including East Warrnambool, Allansford, Merrivale, Dennington, Russells Creek, Nirranda, Old Collegians and a VAFA team North Old Boys. Clubs will play two games each made up of two halves with the top two teams at the end of the day to contest the grand final.
East Warrnambool coach Paul Butters said he was looking forward to seeing his team in action for the first time in 2014.
“We have had a strong pre-season so far so this will be a good hit-out for us,” Butters said. “Our main aim for the weekend is to get some game time into our young kids and give them the chance to shine.
“We have five or six who have come up from the under 17s and a few of them are in contention for a senior game in round one so this is a good chance for them.
“If we get a few wins then that is a bonus but it is all about that exposure at senior level for our young lads.”
The Bombers go into season 2014 without the services of ruckman Adam McCosh and defender Josh Scoble.
Both are trying their luck in the Hampden league, with Scoble lining up for the North Warrnambool Eagles and McCosh with Port Fairy.
Butters said the Bombers had added the versatile James Reid from Deakin University and Jonah Hughson from Port Fairy to their line-up.
Pre-season training has been a positive environment for the Bombers, with strong numbers upwards of 35 players on the training track this week in the lead-up to the cup.