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Blues filling spots

INGLEWOOD are confident they will have teams in all grades when the Loddon Valley season kicks off in six weeks.

Mighty Blues president Chris Cohalan predicts new players from Melbourne, Bendigo and other parts of regional Victoria will line up for the club.

The 144-year-old Mighty Blues are still calling for senior and junior players to fill spots in 2021 and they hope to embark on an era of new fortunes, last winning the premiership in 1986.

“We’re recruiting hard to replace a few players we have lost and are confident we will be there when the season starts,” Cohalan said.

“We’re hoping to hold our sign-up day on Sunday, COVID permitting.”

Cohalan said any Melbourne players would be COVID tested before training or games. “We have COVID marshalls already at training to make sure the protocols are followed,” he said.

Inglewood are one of several clubs AFL regional general manager Carol Cathcart last year expressed concerns for after the 2020 season was cancelled.

The Mighty Blues have been training twice a week in Eaglehawk since late January.

Cohalan said he expected a few young local players to join the junior ranks.

“Many clubs struggle for juniors but we have a few young locals wanting to play,” he said.

He admitted it had been challenging putting a team together after last year’s season skip.

Cohalan reported strong sign-ups for the club’s netball sides.

“The netball is going very well and expect to name their sides very soon,” he said.

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