Werribee captain Michael Sodomaco will lead his club’s senior side for the first time in 2017 when he takes to the field for tomorrow’s practice match against Casey Demons at Casey Fields.
Sodomaco was forced to sit out the Tigers’ earlier practice matches with heel and calf soreness, but the 26-year-old proved himself fit for a return this weekend after emerging unscathed from a low-key hitout for the development side against Geelong Football League club Lara last week.
“It was good to have a run around and blow a few cobwebs out,” Sodomaco said after the match, which saw him return to his junior club for the first time in nine years.
“I think I turned over a kick in my first touch or something like that, so I started off like a house on fire. But luckily, I got through it and felt okay.”
With plenty of new talent joining the Werribee ranks this year, Sodomaco was also glad for the opportunity to guide his younger teammates in a match situation.
“It was a good chance to educate the boys on setups and a few things like that against opposition who don’t know what we’re trying to do,” he said.
“At training, the players you’re playing against, because they’re on the same team as you, they know what you’re trying to do, so it’s a little bit harder to replicate that in a match.”
While the Lara match was a shortened affair, Sodomaco will look to run out the entire game against Casey to confirm his readiness for the Tigers’ first-up clash against Geelong over the Easter weekend.
“That’s the plan. Hopefully I’ll play as close to four quarters as I can, and then Round 1 versus Geelong in Torquay on Easter Sunday will be a ripper to kick off the season.”
Tom Gribble and Dane McFarlane will also return to the senior team this weekend after proving their fitness in the development ranks, while Wangaratta recruit Jade Cleeland will step up for his first senior outing.
Werribee’s senior side kicks off against Casey at 2pm tomorrow, with the development side to commence at 11am.