Forth to captain WDFNL side

OLD Collegians stalwart Nathan Forth and Panmure ruckman James Keane will lead Warrnambool and District into its interleague showdown.

Coach Simon O’Keefe addresses the Warrnambool and District interleague squad last night. The WDFNL clashes with Colac and District tomorrow.

Coach Simon O’Keefe addresses the Warrnambool and District interleague squad last night. The WDFNL clashes with Colac and District tomorrow.

Forth, a former Warriors co-coach, will captain the representative side for the clash against Colac and District at Central Reserve, Colac tomorrow.

Keane will be his deputy, with the pair working under playing coach Simon O’Keefe, of Panmure, who has the reins for a second year.

Selectors finalised the side last night, naming Sam Mahony (Panmure), James Fary (Merrivale) and Aaron Williams (Old Collegians) as emergencies.

The result was 22 players representing eight clubs. Merrivale has the biggest representation with seven while Allansford supplies five. The oldest players are Dennington workhorse Luke Duncan, 33 and Forth, 32. East Warrnambool’s Blake Rudland-Castles is the youngest at 18.

Keane and Merrivale teenager Manny Sandow will share the ruck duties.

The other big men, Dennington’s Chris Keilar and Merrivale’s Rhys Raymond, will start as the key forward targets while Sam Doukas is at full-back.

The clash marks the second meeting in two years between the sides, with Colac and District winning 9.8 (62) to 7.7 (49) at Reid Oval in 2013.

O’Keefe said he was rapt with the response from the league’s best a second time around, with a shot at redemption on the cards.

“It’s been an exciting process. We’ve had (training) the last two Wednesday nights and obviously Tuesday, Thursday this week,” he said.

“We’ve had a good preparation. The boys are in form and training has been excellent.”

O’Keefe said Mahony, Fary —  an interleague representative in 2013 — and Williams were unlucky not to make the 22-member side.

“Obviously those boys are stiff and probably half a dozen other boys are stiff but that’s interleague footy and footy in general,” he said.

“I’m sure they’ll hold their heads high and maybe be a part of it next year.”

There was also late drama with the senior netball squad which is also chasing revenge after losing to Colac and District last year.

Deakin University goal keeper Lisa Anders injured a finger during the week and is in doubt to take up a spot under the ring.

Anders remains a part of the starting seven, although coach Lisa Arundell will leave the decision on whether she starts until tomorrow morning.

The senior netball squad also includes: Cloe Marr, Kelly Plozza, Hayley Plozza (Timboon Demons), Kelly Mullen (Kolora-Noorat), Steph Townsend, Meagan Forth (Old Collegians), Steph Jamieson (Allansford), Chantelle Moloney (Merrivale) and Melissa Burt (Deakin University).

Warrnambool and District will also field an under 17½ football side and 17 and under and 15 and under netball sides against Colac and District.

The five sides packed the Mack Oval social rooms last night where they heard from Koroit champion and AFL community engagement officer Jason Mifsud.


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