Benalla sees six players chosen

By Benalla Ensign

Six Benalla players have been selected to represent the GVL interleague side to take on Ballarat FNL on May 19.

Following two selection meetings and the monitoring of early season form in the GVL, Luke Morgan and his coaching team have selected 33 players for the initial senior football squad.

Those selected will represent the league in the AFL Victoria Community Championships at the MCG next month.

‘‘We are very happy with the mix of players and the talent available for this year’s campaign against Ballarat,’’ Morgan said.

‘‘The selectors... (will keep) a close eye on the form of players in the opening couple of rounds.

‘‘We believe that we have strong representation from clubs across the league and while some players have made themselves unavailable for different reasons, we are very happy with the initial squad.’’

Seymour’s Jason Cole will again lead the league as captain and Ash Holland from Shepparton will be his deputy.

The squad will train May 2 and May 9 at Kings Park, Seymour; and May 16 at Deakin Reserve, Shepparton.

The squad

The 33-man training squad is made up of:

Benalla: Luke Morgan, Sam Martyn, Nick Warnock, Thomas Bennett, James Martyn and David Mennen.

Echuca: Daniel Willis.

Euroa: JD Hayes, Jacob Gleeson, and John Ikupu.

Kyabram: Brad Mangan, Lachy Smith, Kayne Pettifer, Liam Ogden, and Michael Mattingly.

Mansfield: Brett Mahoney.

Mooroopna: Dean Smith.

Rochester: Rhys Free, James Gledhill, Nathan Marrone and Steven Stroobants.

Seymour: Jason Cole (captain) and Ben Clifton.

Shepparton: Ashley Holland (vice captain), Luke Smith, Mitch Brett, Nick Rokahr and Ted Lindon.

Tatura: Brad Ryan, Brandyn Grenfell, Tom Miller, Jameson Daniels and Matt Ryan.