MININERA interleague coach Justin Eales says the chance to claim bragging rights over neighbouring football league South West District will be an extra incentive for his charges at their May 13 community championships clash.
“Sometimes you can play sides the other side of Melbourne … and there’s not a lot of interest (in what a win means), but when you play a neighbouring league, there’s heaps of interest,” he said.
Eales, who is coaching the Mininera representative team for a second year, hopes to repeat the dose after his side triumphed by three goals in last year’s clash between the two leagues.
He said his initial 32-man squad features a health mix of ages and experience levels.
“We’ve got a good range; we’ve got blokes that are in their early 30s down to the odd 16- or 17-year-old … (and they’ve got) different experience levels,” Eales said. “Everyone should learn off each other.”