Youth will be the key to the Peel Cavaliers' success at the upcoming Landmark Country Football Championships, with selectors opting to field a side filled with the Peel Football and Netball League's rising stars.
A crop of the Peel region's future generation will mix with already established gun players as the Cavs hope to return to the grand final after finishing last year's campaign in third.
If these young guys stay together over the coming years, then we'll have a super competitive team when they're all playing in their prime.Head coach Rod Tregenza
Co-captain Matthew Bennell (along with fellow co-captain Brendan Tingey) will lead the side in just his first year at the league level, following a superb display in the colts that netted him an all-star jersey last year.
Other youngsters joining him in the squad include Waroona's Zac Moody, Halls Head's Travis Sexton and South Mandurah's James Fenton.
Tingey leads the more senior brigade in the team, alongside the likes of Halls Head star Robert Falkstrom, Mandurah Mustangs spearhead Alex McLeod and South Mandurah ruckman Tom Wood.
It's a mix that has head coach Rod Tregenza looking forward to the future, as they look to consolidate the Cavaliers' sides for years to come.
"If these young guys stay together over the coming years, then we'll have a super competitive team when they're all playing in their prime," the first-year coach said.
"It's exciting because we've got guys who really want to play for us, guys who take a lot of pride in representing our league against others.
"There's always something special about playing representative footy so hopefully we can put in a good showing and do the PFNL proud."
For captains Bennell and Tingey, it's an honour to lead the side at the carnival.
"I was just stoked. To be picked as captain in my first year, it's pretty special," Bennell said.
"There's definitely a fair bit of pride behind (captaining the team). All of these guys are here because they know what it takes to play good footy so hopefully we can have a good carnival," Tingey added.
The Cavaliers are eyeing a return to glory after being ousted by the Avon Football Association last year, which followed back-to-back championships in previous campaigns.
They kick off their campaign against the defending champion South West Football League at Joondalup Arena on Friday, followed by a tough hit-out against the Goldfields on the same day.
From there they'll move into a clash against Upper Great Southern at Bassendean Oval on the Saturday, followed by a shot at redemption against Avon the end the regular fixture.
Those four games will determine if the Cavaliers make it through to the grand final, which will be played at Claremont Oval on Sunday.
The Mandurah Mail will be bringing you daily wrap-ups of all the action, along with photo galleries. Visit mandurahmail.com.au to keep up-to-date.
Peel Cavaliers 2019 league side
- Jack Shanahan (South Mandurah)
- Alex Cohen (Mandurah)
- Brendan Tingey (Baldivis)
- Reece Dillon (Mandurah)
- Jordan Di Blasi (Waroona)
- Travis Sexton (Halls Head)
- Zac Moody (Waroona)
- Bailey Hall (Halls Head)
- Mitchell Jones (Halls Head)
- Brayden Harris (Waroona)
- Blayne Hull (Mandurah)
- Matthew Bennell (Mandurah)
- John Bennell (South Mandurah)
- Jake Lally (Halls Head)
- Harley Divitini (Pinjarra)
- Riley Steinbock (South Mandurah)
- Mitchell Raynsford (Baldivis)
- Kurt Verdonk (Baldivis)
- Robert Falkstrom (Halls Head)
- Josh Garavanta (Waroona)
- Bailey Taylor (Waroona)
- Luke Humphries (Halls Head)
- James Fenton (South Mandurah)
- Jack Varley (South Mandurah)
- Tom Wood (South Mandurah)
- Josh Branchi (Baldivis)
- Jay Walton (Mandurah)
- Ivan Lyndon (Mandurah)
- Alex McLeod (Mandurah)