Two of the Picola & District League’s biggest rivals Berrigan and Tocumwal will meet in a massive season opener at Tocumwal Recreation Reserve on Good Friday.
A huge crowd is expected and the stage is set for a blockbuster match to kick-off proceedings for the recently re-formed Picola & District Football Netball League competition.
It will be the first meeting between the two since last year’s elimination final, with the Saints scoring an upset win over the Bloods by 25 points.
Tocumwal playing coach Tim Garlick said he’s not worried about last year’s final loss.
‘‘We don’t need to think about previous seasons, that’s in the past,’’ he said.
‘‘I reckon it will be a good hit-out between both clubs, most Good Friday games between us are.
‘‘It will be good for the boys to play in front of a big crowd for the first game of the season as well.’’
Tocumwal will be confident going into the game with star utility Sam Rennie coming off a ‘‘red hot’’ pre-season.
Garlick said his charges have been ready for a few weeks to get on the playing field.
‘‘The boys are looking good for Friday and they’re eager to play.
‘‘It’s been a long pre-season and it makes it easier as a coach when the boys are wanting to get out on the park.
‘‘We’ve been lucky that most players have been in good form over the pre-season, but now it’s time for the real deal.’’
Friday will be the first time Garlick has pulled on a Bloods jumper since 2011 after spending time playing with GWS Giants academy in the NEAFL and coaching Cobram.
‘‘It’ll be pretty exciting to put on the red and white,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s been seven years since I played here and I really want to give something back to the club where I started my junior footy.’’
In last year’s regular season matches Tocumwal won both games comfortably by an average margin of 38 points.