The best footballers at women’s, colts and league level will be on show across three matches on Saturday in what will effectively serve as a curtain-raiser for the GNFL season, which is only two weeks away. The all-stars event was created with a firm eye on country week success, giving the coaches an opportunity on who to keep a watch on once the season begins. Men’s country week coach Leth Teakle said he was looking forward to what should be an exciting event. “I’m really keen just to get all seven clubs represented equally and look at what talent there is, but also try and build a bit of camaraderie for the competition,” he said. “The earlier we can get players, teams and clubs together along with the support of the GNFL for country week the better. “I certainly don’t have an idea of who I want in the team come July but this will certainly provide a platform to experience representative footy. “I think it will be an opportunity to get a bit of match fitness in but I don’t expect the tackle count to be very high but I think it will make for an exciting, high-scoring game.” “I don’t have a lot of memories of country week, cricket-wise I played in a few but football-wise I was never really good enough to be honest to make the teams, I was a bit scrawny and not quite up to the standard at the time,” he said. “I am looking forward to it any time you get to play with the best players from around the league whether it be country week or international rules at an AFL level is a really cool experience and I hope that this concept is something that people get behind. “It will be a good opportunity to get out there and have a kick and it been awesome to be back a bit more permanently here I love the people and seeing my kids grow up and do similar things to what I did growing up is a really cool thing.” Taylor hinted it may not be too far away until another Taylor laces up the boots. “We’ll wait an see they’ve still got plenty of time but my eldest is moving pretty well at this point and he’s not to far away and he’s gonna beat me in any sort of running so I’m hanging on to what I got let,” he joked. Women’s assistant coach and Rovers president Daniel Starling hoped the event could become a regular preseason fixture for the GNFL. “Once players get over the issue of putting another club’s jumper on it should be a good day, we used to have the night series and the Northampton carnival which died off so hopefully this is successful,” he said. “The Rovers boys all seem keen which is good as the past four or five years going to country week and representing the league has not been high on their agendas. “I think its really important there were 10 girls last year that could have slotted into our side that couldn’t go for whatever reason so this is good to give them a taste of what country week is like and hopefully generate that desire to play. “The girls don’t know when to go hard and when to take it easy so I think it will certainly be highly competitive and for the boys it’s a good opportunity to blow the cobwebs out.” Games begin at Wonthella from 2.30 pm with the women’s matches followed by colts at 4.30pm and league at 6pm.