MARYBOROUGH Castlemaine District interleague coach Shane Fisher has flagged Tuesday night’s training session as a crucial “stepping stone” for the AFL Victoria Country Championships.
Speaking at Saxon House on Monday night, Fisher said the squad was progressing well for Saturday’s game against the Geelong and District Football League at Maryborough’s Princes Park.
However, the side still has a way to go before it is a totally cohesive unit and faces the proposition of breaking into the top-20 in the AFL Victoria Country Championships rankings, should it win.
“We’ve trained twice and we’re really trying to work on some unity and a bit of game structure. We’re really positive in the way we’re going to shape up,” he said.
Fisher expects to take a team of fleet-footed, if physically smaller, players into battle against a Geelong outfit chock full of talls.
About 29 to 30 players are expected for the major training session that will see a finalised playing list established for Thursday’s hit-out.
MCDFNL playing representative Cole Roscholler said his teammates had shown great initiative in the lead-up to the match.
“The expectation of hitting targets was not only from the coaches but also from the players,” he said.
“It’s got to be player driven.”
The match will take place at 2.15pm.