THE Riverina Anglican College (TRAC) coach Dane Fuller believes depth will be the key to his team’s success in this year’s Carroll Cup competition.
A strong TRAC team will open its Carroll Cup campaign with a clash against competition heavyweight Mater Dei Catholic College at Robertson Oval tonight.
TRAC will be missing key big man Max King due to a calf injury but will still possess one of the tallest and strongest teams of the competition.
Exciting key position prospect Dougal Howard will lead the team at centre-half-forward, while the likes of Nick Perryman, Charlie Bance and Lachie Moore will all bring first grade experience to TRAC’s squad.
Fuller is most excited about his team’s depth and believes it will be the area where many games will be lost and won.
“It’s probably our depth as much as anything,” Fuller said yesterday.
“It’s not necessarily your best four to eight players that win you a game of footy, it’s often that middle nine that’s going to be the difference.
“This is as good of depth I’ve seen in my six or seven years here.”
TRAC this year took the unprecedented step of organising a trial game against Canberra’s Erindale College in preparation for the Carroll Cup.
TRAC went down by about six goals but used the hit-out to experiment with a few things.
Fuller is happy with how his team is coming together.
“The whole side is looking really strong,” Fuller said.
“We’re lucky to have some big tall year 12s all the way through.
“Even though we’re missing someone like Max, we’ve still got five blokes over six foot three that forms a pretty good spine.”
Being happy with his team is one thing, but
Fuller has not placed any pressure on his team in terms of results. All he wants is for them to give 100 per cent.
“It’s an even comp but Mater Dei is probably the standout, they’ve got some pretty good classy first grade footballers there,” Fuller said.
“The result doesn’t concern me as much.
“I want us to play well.
“There might be expectations outside us that we’ll
be thereabouts in the top three teams but from our point of view, we rate Wagga High and Kooringal High are tough and then you’ve got Kildare.
“We won’t place any pressure on ourselves internally. All I can ask if that we do our best.”