THE MOUNTAIN Men are lacing up the boots in anticipation of a big season in Second Division as they prepare for the Pepperell Shield today.
Bendemeer have drawn last year’s winners Manilla in the first game of the day, before a grudge match against Dungowan at 1pm.
Coach Jake Reid said that after the Cowboys knocked them out of the minor semi last year they owe them one this year.
“That is if we have a side,” Reid said.
“We have got 24 on the book so we should be right.”
Following an injury last week, Reid has been left short of a half back for the Shield.
“I will have to see who turns up and make a decision at 8am,” Reid said.
“I am not worried about today win, lose or draw.”
“We are here for match fitness and to work on our game plans and have a look at everyone else.”
The Mountain Men are looking to go at least one further this year in the10- team competition, after the semi final loss.
“I want them to get in a position after 18 weeks where we don’t need to worry about for and against or about who wins or loses on the last weekend,” Reid said.
The side have kept almost the exact same squad as last year, although have picked up four or five new faces.
Former Collarenebri player Mark Morgan has moved to Tamworth and will fit in to the centres at Bendemeer alongside Barry Fuller.
“Barry looks the goods this year and Mark will add some size and strengthen up the centre,” Reid said.
The coach thinks the bigger competition is going to be very competitive and interesting this year.
He is very keen to have a look today at the shield to check some rumours he has heard.
“I have heard a few different things on the grapevine that are very interesting.”
“I guess I will find out at the Shield and when the season starts if they are true.”
The Bendy boys have been training for a few weeks now and can’t wait to get into the season and play some games.
“It all starts from here now.”
“There is no more mowing your lawn on Saturdays.”
The Pepperell Shield will kick off with Bendemeer playing Manilla at 9am today at the Kootingal Oval.
o In yesterday’s Leader it was reported Steve Pepperell died of cancer.
While Steve was being treated for cancer he was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident.
We apologise for any pain this has caused.