MIDFIELD jet Alister Porter is backing a host of up-and-comers to emerge as the Warrnambool and District league’s interleague future.
The Merrivale star, who is a seasoned interleague representative, was a first-time Warrnambool and District league captain.
It came as coach Darcy Lewis handed debuts to Xavier Beks, Brayden Harkness, Danny Chatfield and Will Paulin in the Warrnambool and District league’s 28-point loss to the Maryborough Castlemaine District league on Saturday.
Porter said each debutant would be better for the hit-out.
“They’ll be better for it next year. It’s a great standard for them to experience and they’ll go back to their home clubs much better for the experience,” Porter said.
“For me, it was great experience. it helps when you’ve got guys like Duncs (Luke Duncan), Beech (Daryl Beechey) in the side with you too (as leaders.
“It was really hard around the contests, because nobody likes losing. It’s still very much a win-at-all-costs mentality.
Porter’s Merrivale plays Timboon next week.