AFL Victoria is pleased to announce the initial WorkSafe AFL Victoria Country Energy Safe Under 19 squad ahead of its Under 19 Challenge Cup clash with the Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA) next month.
Fifty-three of country Victoria’s best under 19 players have been selected in the initial squad which will go head-to-head with the VAFA’s top talent at Frankston Oval on July 8.
Twelve different country football leagues have representatives included in the initial squad, with Ovens & Murray FL (11), Mornington Peninsula Nepean FL (10) and Geelong FL (nine) boasting the most selections.
Three training sessions will be conducted in the lead up to the representative clash, with the final squad to be trimmed to 22-players.
Victoria’s brightest young regional talent will once again be led by Yarrawonga co-coach Damien Sexton, who will suit up for his ninth season at the helm.
The Energy Safe Victoria Country Under 19 squad has recorded emphatic victories in its last three encounters against VAFA, in what has fast become one of the great traditional rivalries between the bush and the burbs.
AFL Victoria Community Football Operations Manager, Gerard Ryan said the annual event would provide a platform for players to further their careers.
“The Under 19 Challenge Cup clash between the Energy Safe AFL Victoria Country and VAFA under 19 teams provides another opportunity for talented young players to perform in a high level match against some of the best talent in Victoria,” Ryan said.
“The program also provides players with an opportunity to learn from other players and coaches outside their regions and showcase their skills to enhance their recruitment prospects into VFL and even potentially AFL programs.”
The Under 19 Challenge Cup will kick off at 11:30am on Saturday July 8 as a curtain raiser to the Brian Molony Cup between Vic Country and VAFA.
See list below for initial Energy Safe Under 19s Vic Country squad:
|Jake Moorhead||Bendigo||Strathfieldsaye FNC|
|Jackson McMahon||Gippsland||Traralgon FNC|
|Louis Riseley||Gippsland||Leongatha FNC|
|Tyler Hillier||Gippsland||Morwell FNC|
|Thomas Kelly||Gippsland||Warragul FNC|
|Luke Smith||Goulburn Valley||Shepparton FNC|
|Zachery Norris||Goulburn Valley||Kyabram FNC|
|Angus Byrne||Goulburn Valley||Echuca FNC|
|Brad Whitford||Goulburn Valley||Kyabram FNC|
|Liam Duguid||Goulburn Valley||Shepparton FNC|
|Jonty Marciano||Sunraysia||Red Cliffs FNC|
|Mitch Eade||Murray||Moama FNC|
|Ned Nihill||Murray||Nathalia FNC|
|Bowen Smith||Murray||Nathalia FNC|
|Jake Page||Ovens & Murray||Albury FNC|
|Brad Melville||Ovens & Murray||Wangaratta FNC|
|Daniel Sharrock||Ovens & Murray||Wangaratta FNC|
|Jay O’Donoghue||Ovens & Murray||Corowa FNC|
|Will Robinson||Ovens & Murray||Corowa FNC|
|Shaun Mannagh||Ovens & Murray||North Albury FNC|
|Billy Robertson||Ovens & Murray||Albury FNC|
|Cooper Page||Ovens & Murray||Albury FNC|
|Braiden Coburn||Ovens & Murray||Yarrawonga FNC|
|Damon Hemphill||Ovens & Murray||Yarrawonga FNC|
|Jack Kirley||Ovens & Murray||Lavington FNC|
|Hasker Dawbon||Ballarat||East Point FNC|
|Lachlan Walker||Ballarat||Melton FNC|
|Jacob Wheelahan||Ballarat||Bacchus Marsh FNC|
|Hamish Coulton||Ballarat||Bacchus Marsh FNC|
|Naish McRoberts||Wimmera||Stawell FNC|
|Jake Kelly||Mornington Peninsula||Karingal FNC|
|Robert Turnbull||Mornington Peninsula||Mt Eliza FNC|
|Timothy Susovich||Mornington Peninsula||Mornington FNC|
|Sean Downie||Mornington Peninsula||Rosebud FNC|
|Zac Andrewartha||Mornington Peninsula||Langwarrin FNC|
|Charlie Martello||Mornington Peninsula||Edithvale Aspendale FNC|
|Liam Mckay||Mornington Peninsula||Edithvale Aspendale FNC|
|Daniel Hughes||Mornington Peninsula||Frankston YCW FNC|
|Matthew LaFontaine||Mornington Peninsula||Frankston YCW FNC|
|Luke Payntor||Mornington Peninsula||Frankston YCW FNC|
|Kobe Lloyd||Central Murray||Balranald FNC|
|Mitch Diamond||Geelong||Newtown/Chilwell FNC|
|Jack Blood||Geelong||St.Marys FNC|
|Paddy Dowling||Geelong||St. Marys FNC|
|Pat Killen||Geelong||St.Marys FNC|
|Jackson McLachlan||Geelong||St.Josephs FNC|
|Jack Quinn||Geelong||St.Josephs FNC|
|Trent Thompson||Geelong||Leopold FNC|
|Liam McCarthy||Geelong||Colac FNC|
|Zac Zdybel||Geelong||Colac FNC|
|James Gow||Hampden||Koroit FNC|
|Shannon Becks||Hampden||South Warrnambool FNC|
|Jarrod Korewha||Hampden||North Warrnambool Eagles FNC|