By Quinn De Luca
The team this week will travel away from home yet again. Although instead of catching a flight, it’ll only be a short 20 minute drive to Victoria Park as they face off against Collingwood.
A winning formula is always worth sticking with. However due to some injuries, spots have opened up and given other players opportunities. Jackson Davies will make his debut for the club after Captaining the Northern Knights in 2019. Davies is a versatile player that is comfortable playing as either a rebound defender or even as a winger. Playing alongside former Knights teammate Josh D’Intinosante will create some familiarity for Davies as well as making the occasion even more exciting for him.
The other player to be given an opportunity this week is yet another former Northern Knights Captain in Braedyn Gillard. Making an impressive debut in 2019 for the club in their heartbreaking loss to Collingwood, Gillard was only able to hold his spot for one more week before unfortunately losing his spot until the backend of the VFL season. This will be Gillard’s 2021 season debut, and if recent performances at local club Montmorency are anything to go by, he’ll be more than ready for the occasion.
Marcus Lentini is looking to back up his Lion Of The Round performance from last week against Brisbane, as his brilliant display through the midfield was one of the big reasons the team was able to fly home on the winners list. When senior coach Andrew Sturgess was asked about Lentini’s performance, he could only praise the marvelous midfielders efforts. ‘We talk about Tom Mitchell, Jackson Macrae and these big ball winners at AFL level when they have 40+ touches and we’re sort of ranting and raving, yet this guy does it consistently at VFL level every week,’ Sturgess said.
As per usual, we’ll look up forward towards Nathan Mullenger-McHugh and Peter McEvoy as our big men while players like Josh D’Intinosante, Sam Lowson and Luke Nelson can create some excitement once the ball goes to ground. With wet conditions looking likely for Saturday’s clash, we’ll be reliant on our small forwards to create scoreboard pressure every time the ball lands in our forward 50.
It’s easy to become complacent after a win, but the players and coaching staff have made it adamant that they’ll review, learn and improve week by week which will undoubtedly hold them in good stead against a tough opposition this weekend. With so many clubs being introduced into the competition for the 2021 season, each win is more important than ever as teams will begin to find it difficult to push into finals contention. This Saturday will be no different, a win this week will give the team some continuity by making it two on the trot and no doubt give them even more confidence going forward.
As always, Coburgs members are encouraged to get to the game and show their support. Entry to Victoria Park will be free so there is no need to pre purchase a ticket online. If you’re unable to attend the game in person, that match will also be available to watch on 7Plus!