Two AFL legends will be at the helm of Victoria’s most talented senior footballers, when Vic Metro and Vic Country play off for the AFL Victoria Community Cup on Sunday July 8. Mark Koelmeyer reports.
While the players will fight it out on the field, there will be eyes on the coaching battle between former Richmond coach Danny Frawley and Western Bulldogs Hall of Fame inductee Brian Royal who were opponents throughout their playing careers.
In their last encounter, it was Vic Country who came out the victors with a 39-point win over their metro rivals when the pair last met in 2016.
With an 82-point loss to VAFA last year in the Brian Moloney Cup, Frawley believes his side will be more competitive this season.
“I think our midfield’s a lot stronger than last year so I think we’ll be able to control the ball, get it inside 50 a bit more,” he said.
“Our forward line looks pretty damaging, and a lot is going to depend on the conditions, it’s probably going to be a game of yardage if it’s going to be raining.
“We’re pretty keen to give the first timers a run; we’ve got a really hard team, a tough team so we’re really looking forward to the contest.”
On the other end of the spectrum, Vic Metro has welcomed a host of new players to the list, with top senior talent hailing from the number one ranked Eastern Football League, Western Region Football League, Northern Football Netball League and Southern Football Netball League.
“The team is a pretty good mix this year,” Royal said.
“We’ve got some really tall players, some that are over 200cm, but then at the other end of the spectrum, we’ve got players in the 173cm category but it’s a good mix.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to watch all the Community Championship games, so we’ve got some seriously good talent within the group.
“I love these opportunities to coach. It’s great seeing how excited the players are to play for their state. It’s a magnificent opportunity that AFL Victoria is putting on for the boys to play for the Big V.”
Royal- who will coach against Frawley for the first time in the Community Cup- is excited for the challenge to come up against his old opponent.
“I come up against one of my old sparring partners in big Spud Frawley.
“I see a fair bit of Spud. He lives locally and is involved in local competition where I’m involved, so nothing’s going to be better than to beat the big fella.”
The highly anticipated clash will take place this Sunday July 8 at Mars Stadium in Ballarat.
The senior game will kick off at 2pm while the Under 19 Challenge Cup match is set for 11:30am.