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A team with a dream - to belt the Vics

By Sam Lienert 05/05/2008 07:28:06 PM Comments (0)

Dream Team assistant coach Neale Daniher believes a shared contempt for Victoria will unify a team that has little else to bond it in Saturday night's AFL Hall of Fame tribute game.

While the Victorians have the motivation of representing their state on the MCG, the Dream Team - made up of every other state and territory - have no obvious common thread.

But Daniher said almost every member of the side had acquired a hatred of the sight of the navy Blue Big V guernsey through the experience of big losses to Victorian age sides.

That had provided plenty of motivation for a previous cobbled-together team, The Allies, made up of Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania, Northern Territory and the ACT.

"We had some success with that concept, we didn't seem to have too many problems (with motivation), the focus is on knocking the Vics off at home," Daniher said.

"I was involved with NSW when we beat the Vics at the SCG and that guernsey, the Victorian guernsey, seems to bring the best out no matter where you're from.

"I can explain it, when I was playing and the rest of our (non-Victorian) players, that Big V guernsey used to belt us.

"A lot of these kids, who are now men, have played against the Big V as juniors and often (have) memories of playing junior footy where the Big V belted us.

"We're trying to get one back here."

Daniher said individual egos would also come into play; people trying to prove they were the best of the best.

He was gloating on Monday at the riches at his disposal, noting his team could field an attack posting an array of the AFL's best big forwards - Matthew Richardson, Lance Franklin, Matthew Pavlich and Cam Mooney.

Alternatively, they could line up with a host of the competition's best small, quick forwards in attack, such as Brett Burton, Daniel Motlop, Shaun Burgoyne, Simon Goodwin, Adam Cooney and Mathew Stokes.

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