Mid West have a point to prove after being beaten in their final match last year by eventual tournament winners, the EP Sharks. Mid West Coach, Jason McEvoy, said that this years team will have no excuses come the long weekend. "We possibly have a stronger line up this year with the inclusion of some home grown talent returning to their club of origin," he said.
"We have some class inclusions from other leagues that have come to Mid West, players like Jonty Seal, Ian Jericho, Matt Williams, Tom Lee, Callum Cook, Jack Burton, Jess Kenny and Broadie Chandler that are some very handy inclusions and will give players like Jessie Stringer. Mitch Gum, Ryan Watson and Jake McEvoy a hand".
With the new six team format in place, McEvoy said they were looking forward to this years Mortlock Shield and the talent that will be on show at the carnival. "I can't see why this format shouldn't work, it still gives the best players in each League the opportunity to enjoy the next level of football and play with and against some exceptional talent," he said. "Mid West league didn't get the opportunity to play an inter-league game this year because of the busy year of football not allowing us the spare week to play, but hopefully the close knit Mid West spirit will allow our boys to click on the long weekend in June".
McEvoy said that losing one of the great stalwarts of Mid West and E.P sides in Jay (Bubba) Williams also gives the Mid West team another reason to try and be successful in 2019. "The willingness of the Mid West boys this year to put their hand up and have a crack has been exceptional," he said.