Under-16 Victoria Country representation has paved the way for a young Murray Bomber to make his senior debut tomorrow.
Brodie Kemp, 15, is part of the Bendigo Pioneers’ junior program and pulled on the Big V last month during the National Championships.
The rising star will play alongside returning brother Mitch Kemp, with fellow Pioneers Angus Byrne, Darby Henderson and Jobee Warde also in line for selection.
‘‘It’s a pretty good effort from a 15-year-old,’’ Echuca coach Andrew Briggs said.
‘‘It’s great that these boys are coming back and wanting to play senior footy, they’re certainly capable of doing that.’’
The Murray Bombers will not be taking opponent Mooroopna lightly, with Briggs highlighting the importance of a good performance.
‘‘They’re all pretty important games for the rest of the year, we have to make sure we win these ones and challenge the sides above us,’’ he said.
‘‘They (Mooroopna) are always a danger, and we won’t be taking them lightly at all.’’
Sean Reidy will bolster the Cats’ forward line for this contest after some great reserves form.
The big target returned to the club this season after last playing in 2014, when he appeared in five senior matches.
His past five games for the Cats have been outstanding, being named in the best every week and best-on-ground three times.
‘‘Reidy will play his first senior game for the club this year, he’s been in good form, especially the last couple of weeks,’’ Mooroopna playing coach Dale Osborne said.
‘‘Now he gets an opportunity to play a role in the senior side and it’s good that his effort can be rewarded.’’
Tom Crosbie and Jerome Sorgel should also return to the field and while an unlikely victory would spell the end of Echuca’s finals hopes, Osborne was firmly focused on the development of his young charges.
‘‘It’s more about us being more competitive in games and getting that four-quarter effort going,’’ he said.
‘‘Obviously it would be fantastic to win the game, but getting the young list to play four quarters is more important at the moment.’’