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This season will be another big one for VAFA representative football.
Coming off a very successful campaign in 2010 in which every VAFA representative team defeated its opposition, the VAFA is hoping for similar results in 2011.
Certainly, if the enthusiasm and the commitment shown by the players and coaches last year is again evident, another clean sweep is achievable.
The coaching staff has remained relatively stable, with just one new face. Former Big V captain and regular, two-time Old Xavs premiership coach Simon Lethlean will coach the VAFA Division representative team against the VCFL Districts line-up. Simon’s return to representative football is a great coup for the Big V and we wish him the best of luck in his first year.
Dean Anderson is back to coach the senior representative team against the VCFL Major Leagues on 9 July, and eager to avenge the 1 point loss in 2009.
The Big V won the triennial championship last year, but this year Mick Dwyer will mentor the U23 team at the AAFC Carnival to be held in Adelaide over the Queen’s Birthday weekend. The U23s will meet Western Australia, Tasmania and our Croweater hosts in a Carnival to celebrate the centenary of amateur football in South Australia.
Ben Robertson takes over as coach of the U19s. Ben led the U21s to a remarkable victory in Queensland last year and will be hoping his new squad can match the efforts of Murray Browne, who led his squad to victory over Vic Country last year.
* The VAFA will be putting together a tour package for those who want to support the U23s in Adelaide, but it would be sensational to see a convoy of Vic number plates massing at Thebarton, with hundred cheering on their club mates to a huge victory.