A decision to play East Wagga-Kooringal big man Nick Hull forward could rob Saturday’s representative showdown of one of it’s biggest drawcards.
Hull and Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong ruckman Jacob Olsson have been regarded as the two premier big men of the Farrer and Riverina Leagues for many years.
They will go head-to-head for the first time in a competition game on Saturday, in a battle worthy of the admission price itself.
But Hull’s devastating form up forward early this season is likely to see him used predominantly in attack.
He leads the Farrer League goalkicking after five rounds and has been named in a forward pocket for Saturday.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if I spend a lot of time down there,” Hull said.
“We’ve got a pretty big side so there’s going to be blokes that can fill any void everywhere.”
Hull will spend some time in the ruck and is looking forward to testing himself against Olsson.
“I played against him in the pre-season this year, he’s a big boy,” Hull said.
“I think we play a little bit of a different style of footy, so it will be an interesting match up that’s for sure.
“It should be real good, I’ve seen him play a few times. I know he went over there to Adelaide for a while so it should be good to see where I’m at against him.”
Saturday will mark a return to the representative arena for Hull.
He has only represented the Farrer League once before and managed half a game before breaking his arm.
“It should be good, I haven’t played in a few years, personally myself, so I thought I might as well step out of the shadows and have a crack this year,” he said.
“It’s been due to a bit of injury and wanting to play as much footy for East Wagga as possible. I was going to play last year but I pulled up a bit sore. I’m feeling pretty good this year so I wanted to have a game with a few of the other better players in the league.”
Farrer League defeated Riverina League the last time the two teams met, but that was over a shortened format in a play-off for third to finish the NSW Regional Championships in 2010.
Riverina League is widely regarded as the premier competition but Hull believes that is open for debate.
“That’s yet to be proven I guess,” he said.
“I think if we’re at our best we should be able to get over the top of them.
“I think we’ll be a pretty good show.”
The main game gets underway at 1.45pm on Saturday at Robertson Oval, with a curtain raiser between the under 17.5s to start at 11.30am.
The netball is under 17s at midday and opens at 1.30pm.