COLAC district footballers Lewis Melican and Josh Cooper will make their TAC Cup debuts in the Geelong Falcons’ first game in the Colac district.
The Falcons named the pair alongside Colac Tigers’ Tom Rieniets and Birregurra’s Campbell Floyd for their season opener against North Ballarat Rebels at Camperdown on Sunday.
Falcons coach Andrew Allthorpe said the club was looking forward to playing its first game at Camperdown’s Leura Oval.
“It’s the first time we’ll have played a proper TAC Cup game at Camperdown,” he said.
“We’ve played the last few at Warrnambool so it’s great to get the opportunity to play in the heartland of our region.
“The boys are all really excited to get into the season, you can feel the buzz at training, everyone just wants to get out there and play.”
Allthorpe said Birregurra’s Melican and Apollo Bay’s Cooper had earned their spots in their first year with the club, while an ankle injury had hurt the chances of fellow Colac footballer Dylan Hodge.
“Lewie will play key position in defence for us or as a third tall, he’s really improved defensively,” Allthorpe said.
“Josh Cooper will play a midfield role with us, he’s shown he’s good at winning the footy, now he’s just got to work on his defensive side,” he said.
“Dylan Hodge was also a chance but his ankle’s a bit sore so we’re taking a cautious approach, hopefully he’s right for the second game.”
Allthorpe said Floyd and and Rieniets had continued to develop in their second years at the club.
Floyd played five games with the Falcons last season, averaging 15.6 disposals a match, while Rieniets played two.
“Tommy and Campbell are playing again, so hopefully it’ll be a big year for them,” Allthorpe said.
“Floydy will play on the wing and half back while Tommy will play up forward and pinch hit in the ruck,” he said.
Allthorpe said the Falcons hoped to reverse their previous result against the Rebels, after losing a pre-season match to the club.
The match kicks off at 2pm.