Mater Dei can finally introduce Carroll Cup player of the series 2016 Brendan Myers to this year’s schoolboys competition at Robertson Oval on Wednesday night.
Myers missed round one due to Great Western Sydney Giants academy commitments, where Mater Dei copped a nine-point loss to arch rival Kildare.
The inclusion of the handy centreman is guaranteed for this week’s clash against Kooringal.
“It’ll give the boys confidence, he’s strong overhead,” Mater Dei coach Nathan Irvine said.
“They’ll lift with him in the middle.”
In round one, Mater Dei players showed character, behind from the outset, but lifting to level with Kildare.
“I was really happy with how they worked their way back into the game,” Irvine said.
“They fought back, they showed they can match it against Kildare.”
Kildare went on to defeat Kooringal by 130 points, and so Mater Dei enters the upcoming match as the hot favourite but Irvine believes Kooringal will put up more of a fight this week.
“We expect to be better than what we were in the first match, and Kooringal will have improved too,” Irvine said.
“It will be tougher game than what Kildare played.”
Irvine has told his team what he expects from them on Wednesday.
“I want them to be a bit more accountable through the midfield,” he said.
“And the forwards need to make sure they take their chances.”
All six of Mater Dei’s best on ground from round one return, including Jack Carey, Rhys Mooney, Corey Toole, Elliot Winter, Jake Hodge and Jackson Casey.
“Jack Carey was really strong, marking the ball at half back and Joe Burton up forward presented really well, the boys delivered the ball quickly to him.”
Pool B at 6pm: The Riverina Anglican College v Wagga High
Pool A at 7.30pm: Mater Dei v Kooringal