Farrer League give representative captaincy to Ben Absolum

LEADER: East Wagga-Kooringal footballer Ben Absolum at Farrer League representative training on Thursday night at Maher Oval. Picture: Laura Hardwick
LEADER: East Wagga-Kooringal footballer Ben Absolum at Farrer League representative training on Thursday night at Maher Oval. Picture: Laura Hardwick

EXPERIENCED East Wagga-Kooringal footballer Ben Absolum has been rewarded for his long-time commitment to representative football with the Farrer League captaincy.

Absolum has been one of the best footballers in the Farrer League for the best part of a decade and will lead the representative team out for the first time on Saturday against Ovens and King at Wangaratta.

“I suppose it’s a pretty big honour, to captain the rep team and the league,” Absolum said.

“It’s a pretty good feeling I suppose.”

Absolum led EWK to a drought-breaking premiership last year and will be looking to lead Farrer League for a rare Victorian interleague win on Saturday.

The 28-year-old is a big fan of representative football.

“I love it,” he said.

“I reckon it’s good, playing with a different bunch of blokes, a bit higher standard as well. It’s good.”

Absolum gives his Farrer League team a big chance of coming away with a win from Wangaratta.

“I think it’s a good side, considering what Ryan had available to play with injury and blokes pulling out,” he said.

“I reckon it’s a team capable of getting a win. If it rains, it might suit us a little bit more with the Farrer League being more of a contested league. We should be pretty good at that.

“At the same time, with Corey Watt and Tom Groves on the wings, if we can get the ball on the outside, they’ve got pretty good skills and with our forward line, if we can get it in there good, we’ll be a big chance.”