The Round 1 Reserves outfit is a youthful outfit with some quality experience mixed in, to formulate what should be a quality development team for the club.
There will be 14 players aged under 20 in the side, including 7 players still eligible for the Colts, with every player absolutely earning their spot. There is also an influx of senior experience, both from practice matches and years gone by, with experienced campaigners in Pope, Saunders, Kilroy adding the wise old heads and Harry Marshall at just 22 already graduating to experienced campaigner in the group.
Kilroy, Pope, Saunders, Greene, Johnson, Scott and Vine could all consider themselves a bit stiff to miss out on Round 1 senior selection with the influx of NEAFL listed players pushing them back to the Reserves.
It’s expected to be a tough opening round with the Vultures fielding a very strong Reserves outfit in 2018 and expected to retain a majority of the side. Experienced players in Hunt, Crawford and Mazerolle are unavailable, while the returning Workman and Hampel are both injured along with Finn Collison.
Coach Kiran Verma is a competitive beast and will be looking to open his account as the 2019 Reserves Coach with a strong win, but also with an eye to the future as the young team develops under his watch to produce more senior footballers.
A first up win will do wonders for the confidence of the playing group and coaches.