Round 1 team: Werribee vs North Melbourne

Up to eight players could line up for their first official game in the “big W” when Werribee opens its 2019 account under lights against old alignment partner North Melbourne at Avalon Airport Oval on Saturday.

Former AFL-listers Josh Clayton, Timm House, and Max Spencer headline the list of potential debutantes against the Kangaroos for the home side, with Swans Academy product Ryan Hebron, Norwood premiership ruckman Angus Clarke, local boy Bior Malual, and talented youngsters Baxter Norton and Tom Boyd also among the possible inclusions.

Former North Melbourne-listed player Oscar Junker is also in the mix to play his first VFL game against his old side, though he previously donned the black and gold for Werribee in a Development League game in 2017, the last year of the on-field alignment between the two clubs.

Junker’s old Kangaroos teammate Daniel Nielson could also play his first game as an official Werribee-listed player, having played 17 VFL matches with the club across 2016 and 2017.

Similarly, 23rd man Jake Riccardi will run out for his first official game as a signed player at Avalon Airport Oval on the back of his two matches last year while still part of the Calder Cannons program.

Perhaps most significantly for Werribee, the match looms as new playing midfield coach Michael Barlow’s first for his old VFL side since departing Avalon Airport Oval at the end of the 2009 season to embark on his storied AFL career.

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