THERE was plenty of banter on the footy field at the weekend when Victoria Country took on Victoria Metro for the Lawrie Evans Memorial Match Masters Game at Deakin Reserve, but Country’ was too good for Metro,’ taking them out by over 40 points.
Now in its 15th year, the annual clash sees the best of the country Victoria’s Masters players against the best of Metro Melbourne.
The game, which was played with modified rules, seeing only three players at a contest and no knees in backs when marking, had 60 players represented, three of which were in their 60s.
AFL Goulburn Murray Football Development Manager, Mark Lambourne said, “The game saw some great camaraderie and lots of banter by all.
“These games are great for men’s health both mentally and physically.
“Out of this, we will be trying to establish a team here out of Shepparton.”
Victoria Country President, Wayne Hall sees the feature match as an opportunity to profile and grow Masters football in the Goulburn Murray.
“This annual event is an important one on our calendar as it profiles the best in Victoria against each other.
“Representing your state is a big honour and the players certainly respect their opportunity and will be keen to continue the strong Country’ versus Metro’ rivalry.
“Echuca are our only team in the Goulburn Murray at the moment and we would also love to see a Masters team set up in Shepparton in the future.
“Therefore we encourage any interested players and supporters to come along and have a look and catch up with us there to have a chat about the game and how it is played.”