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Spotlight on Minyip-Murtoa as Wimmera season gets underway

BIG GUNS: Minyip-Murtoa ruckman Kieran Delahunty, pictured in action last year, leads the Burras’ tall-timber brigade.

BIG GUNS: Minyip-Murtoa ruckman Kieran Delahunty, pictured in action last year, leads the Burras’ tall-timber brigade.

Wimmera Football League will kick off in a huge weekend of sport, and no game in the competition’s ice-breaking round will be bigger than a showdown under lights at Murtoa on Saturday night.
Horsham Saints, who finally broke through for a maiden premiership last year, take on Minyip-Murtoa in a contest many expect will set the foundations for the rest of the season.
Considerable pre-season player movements might well have taken some of the sting out of the Saints, while the Burras appear poised to make their biggest assault on a flag in years.
Heading the build-up to the season has been Minyip-Murtoa’s successful bid to lure AFL star and favourite son Clinton Young back to his home team.
If Young, who could easily still be playing in the AFL, pulls on the boots on Saturday his appearance on its own would be worth the ticket at the gate.
It’s been many years since a player has stepped straight out of the AFL back into Wimmera league, and his inclusion promises to be a magnet for footy fans across the region.
But while fleet-footed Young will be a star attraction for the Burras this season, it will be the club’s overall strength and depth that will quickly be on show.
Minyip-Murtoa won’t have the luxury of having assistant coach Damian Cameron available first up, but will otherwise have a full squad.
And it is the aerial power that will potentially play havoc with a Saints side trying to come to grips with losing the bulk of their experienced and miserly defensive lines from last year.
Young, who also measures in at 189 centimetres, will play alongside the likes of Toohey-medal winning ruckman Kieran Delahunty, key-position players Luke Chamberlain, Warwick Stone and others such as Brayden Ison, Jae McGrath, Dan Smith and a bulked-up Matt Coleman.

For full story, see the March 30, 2016 edition of The Weekly Advertiser.

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