Senior Big V squads announced for AFL Vic Country match

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VAFA selectors have named a strong Senior Big V squad that will take on AFL Victoria Country in Bendigo on 11 July.

Of the William Buck Premier teams, St Bernards and University Blues have the most representatives with six players named in the seniors, including potential senior Big V debutants Piers Flanagan and Marshall Rippon (Blues) and Alex McLeod, Simon Caven and Tristan Cartledge (St Bernards). University Blacks and St Bernard’s both have five representatives. The squad features only four Premier B players this season due to selectors wanting to name a strong Premier B-Division 4 squad for the match against the Country Number 2 team.

Thirteen players that played for the senior side in the win against Northern Football League earlier this year have bee named. Co-Coaches Cam Roberts and Matthew Kempton will again lead the side as they look to secure a third straight win against the Country.

Due to the timing of matches with the AAFC Carnival falling a week before, selectors are keen to ensure a careful management of players over the two week representative period. Players selected in the U23 Squad who are also selected to play against AFL Victoria Country will have their options discussed at Under 23 training on Wednesday the 17th of June. Representative coaching staff will be at the training to discuss managing workloads.

The senior squad will train at Harry Trott Oval (Collegians home ground) with the first session to be, Wednesday 24 June. There will be sessions on Wednesday 1 July, then Tuesday 7 July and Thursday 9 July.

CoachesCam Roberts & Matthew Kempton

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Scott Gower Beaumaris William Buck Premier
Courtney Hylton Collegians William Buck Premier
Nathan Giles Collegians William Buck Premier
Nick Corp Collegians William Buck Premier
Thomas Penberthy Collegians William Buck Premier
Will Tardif Collegians William Buck Premier
Sam Williams De La Salle William Buck Premier
Tom Humphrey De La Salle William Buck Premier
Ben Smithwick Old Carey William Buck Premier
Cam Howat Old Carey William Buck Premier
Joel Rice Old Carey William Buck Premier
Julian Rowe Old Carey William Buck Premier
George Hurley-Wellington Old Melburnians Premier B
Jack Bull Old Scotch William Buck Premier
James Strauss Old Scotch William Buck Premier
John Daggien Old Scotch William Buck Premier
Nick Jamieson Old Scotch William Buck Premier
Harry Tinney Old Trinity William Buck Premier
Ned Hunt Old Trinity William Buck Premier
Ben Kennedy Old Xaverians William Buck Premier
John Shaw Old Xaverians William Buck Premier
Marcus Allan Old Xaverians William Buck Premier
Matt Handley Old Xaverians William Buck Premier
Alexander Boyse St Bernards William Buck Premier
Simon Caven St Bernards William Buck Premier
Tom Caven St Bernards William Buck Premier
Alex McLeod St Bernards William Buck Premier
Tom Sullivan St Bernards William Buck Premier
Tristan Cartledge St Bernards William Buck Premier
Jordan Gysberts St Kevins Premier B
Kelvin Williams St Kevins Premier B
Steven Salopek St Kevins Premier B
Adam Pitt University Blacks William Buck Premier
Alastair Robbins University Blacks William Buck Premier
Bede Mahon University Blacks William Buck Premier
Charlie Richardson University Blacks William Buck Premier
Peter O’Rourke University Blacks William Buck Premier
Cam Williams University Blues William Buck Premier
Jack Townley University Blues William Buck Premier
Jeremy Mugavin University Blues William Buck Premier
Marshall Rippon University Blues William Buck Premier
Piers Flanagan University Blues William Buck Premier
Xavier McMahon University Blues William Buck Premier