Big day for Country and Metro masters

By Tyler Maher

One of the biggest days on the AFL Masters calendar has arrived once more.

The Lawrie Evans memorial match between Vic Country and Vic Metro will be staged this weekend at Mulwala.

Evans was the original driving force behind the idea of pitting the two outfits against each other and spent time as treasurer and secretary of Victoria Country until he lost his battle with cancer in 2008.

This year’s clash will be the 18th time the sides have faced off under the banner of this concept, with Lonsdale Reserve to play host to three Masters games on Sunday.

The over-50 men’s game will open proceedings from noon, followed by a women’s contest and capped by the under-50 men’s blockbuster at 3pm.

Local Masters outfit the Goulburn Valley Giants were well-represented last season on the day, and will again have players in the thick of the action.

●The regular Masters season for the Giants has been in full swing lately, with their most recent home clash a fixture against Woodend-Hesket at Kialla Recreation Reserve.

The visiting Hawks presented an imposing challenge for the Giants and flew out of the blocks with a number of early goals to set the tone for the day.

John Wilson provided a strong target up forward for the home side, boxing-out the multiple defenders snapping at his heels to create space for the ball in the attacking 50.

Hadyn Oak snapped a pearler from the pocket under plenty of pressure to keep the Giants in the game, and from all reports it was a conversion that even Johnathan Thurston would have been proud of.

David McPhee and Josh Lane also hit the scoreboard during the clash, while Terry Mahoney, Rob Hearn and Rich Parker racked up plenty of touches across the field.