AFL South Coast coach Rod Richards is expecting an improved Sapphire Coast to provide a tough test in Saturday’s representative clash at Batemans Bay.
South Coast have beaten a lower division Canberra side the past two years and were nine goal winners over Sapphire Coast in 2014.
‘’They’re vastly improved on three years ago,’’ Richards said.
‘’We’ll have to play well. The conditions could be a wildcard if the rain comes and makes it really wet and sloppy. If it stays dry that’ll suit us and give our players a chance to express themselves which is what this game is about. If it ends 146-145 that’s a good game in my book.’’
South Coast’s 24-man squad is dominated by the Lions (seven reps) and second-placed Kiama (6 players), with also three players from Shellharbour and Bomaderry, two from Nowra and Bulldogs and one from Northern Districts.
Sixteen-year-old Kiama junior Aiden Steele – who is in his debut senior season at the Power – plus promising Shellharbour youngster Tyron Fejo are among those making their senior rep debut. First bounce at Hanging Rock Oval is 2pm.
South Coast squad: Thomas Hines, William Cook, Chris Cook, Lachlan Kirk, Aiden Steele, Ricky Neels, Samuel Schiller, Jack Boxsell, Ethan Kimball, Carter Lovell, Courtney Ward, Jake Hogarth, Jack Nugent, Ben Williams, Tyron Fejo, Ben Green, Daniel Leary, James Ryan, Scott Phillips, Jake Evans, Rohan Watson (capt), Cabbot Stewart-Browne, Jarod Falconer, Sam Hodge.