Playing the double no trouble for Ben

Playing the double no trouble for Ben

POINT-scoring machine Ben Jeffery plans to double up for NSW Country and Albury Thunder at Greenfield Park later this month.

Jeffery, who has been named in the centres for the Country tier two team, yesterday said he was confident of getting through successive matches against Victoria and reigning Group 9 premier Southcity at 2pm and 4pm.

“I’ll double up,” Jeffery said. “I haven’t done it for a while, but I should be right.

“I’m looking forward to it.”

The July 21 charity-day clashes could attract the biggest home-and-away crowd seen at Greenfield Park with Jeffery’s selection sure to be another drawcard.

In another boost to the gate, no Ovens and Murray football will be played that weekend.

Jeffery will go into camp with the NSW team in Albury on July 17.

“It will be good,” he said.

“The coach (Dave Elvy) rang me on Saturday to let me know and it was a bit of a surprise.”

Jeffery was named in the team after Group 11 defeated Group 20 in the country championships in Queanbeyan on Saturday and will be joined in the team by big names including Wellington’s Ally Beale, Gerringong’s Rixon Russell and Wauchope’s Robert Trembath.

Thunder coach Josh Cale said he was confident Jeffery could handle the workload.

“Benny knows his body well,” he said.

“He’s a team player and says he wants to back up.

“It’s a good effort making the NSW Country side and he’s always striving to play as well as he can.”

Thunder will be looking to continue its unbeaten run, against Kangaroos in Wagga on Sunday, with Chris Mosbey a strong chance of returning.

He was a late withdrawal against Tumbarumba at the weekend with a corked thigh.

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