Derby blockbuster

CUP UP FOR GRABS: Myrtleford’s Jayden Vescio and Wangaratta’s Ryan van der Steeg with the La Fiera Cup - a perpetual trophy contested between the two sides each year.

SUNDAY’S Albury Wodonga Football Association match-up between Myrtleford and Wangaratta is shaping as one of the best derbies between the two clubs in recent memory.

Both teams currently sit in the top three on the table with only two points separating the sides after nine rounds of the season.

The Red Devils have turned around their fortunes from a year ago and sit at top of the standings while the Savoys are just two places back, in third.

There will be pressure on both, with the Savoys looking to continue their recent stranglehold over Wangaratta and retain the La Fiera Cup while the Red Devils will try to maintain top spot and win at Savoy Park for the first time since 2005.

But it will be all business for Savoy coach Joe Artavilla who said his side won’t get too caught up in the build-up to the match.

“Obviously it’s the derby, but to us our focus this year has been to take each game as it comes so this weekend is just another game for us,” he said.

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