A strong performance by Euroa's JD Hayes against Tatura has earned him a call-up to the Goulburn Valley Football League's interleague squad.DAMEN FRANCIS May 16, 2014 3:10am
Euroa’s JD Hayes has been added to Goulburn Valley’s interleague squad after an impressive performance against Tatura last weekend.
Euroa’s JD Hayes is this year’s bolter for the Goulburn Valley Football League interleague team.
Hayes was added to the squad after a standout performance against Tatura last weekend.
The squad trained for the first time at Kings Park, Seymour, on Wednesday night.
Coach Travis Ryan was pleased to see about 29 players turn out, with only a couple unavailable with work commitments.
‘‘JD Hayes was added after his performance in wet conditions on Saturday, so both Hayes boys are in,’’ Ryan said, in reference to JD’s brother Will, who is also in the squad.
‘‘We have a fair few new faces this year, so we had 40 minutes of training that was more based around getting to know each other.’’
A final training session will be at Deakin Reserve on Wednesday night, after which the final team will be named and jumpers presented to successful players.
The Goulburn Valley under-18 squad is down to 30 after Wednesday night’s session at Shepparton’s Princess Park.
Four players withdrew, two with injury — Kyabram’s Sean Dillon (hamstring) and Mooroopna’s Jake Cormick — and two with TAC Cup commitments — Kyabram’s Kyle Mueller and Echuca’s Mitch Hore — while a further four were cut.
Coach Jason Wells said more cuts needed to be made, but was hopeful that just challenge was left up to selectors and dictated by injuries.
‘‘We’ve had a couple of injuries, which is unfortunate and both would have been in the mix for the final side as well,’’ Wells said.
‘‘There’s no use trying to get through the next week in pain and play one interleague game and miss six or seven weeks because of it.
‘‘It’s hard, because at under-18 level they might only get one chance at it and then it’s a lot harder sometimes to get into a senior interleague side, but that’s footy.
‘‘Unfortunately we had to make a cut and that’s all part and parcel of it I suppose.’’
Wells said the five or six-strong coaching staff attended games last week and was satisfied with the initial squad.
The first training session was kept fairly basic, with most of the hard work coming next week.
‘‘A few blokes had some games (on Wednesday) for their schools, so we had to be mindful of that and not run them too hard,’’ he said.
‘‘We only probably trained for an hour with some skill work and set ups coming out of the back line and how we want to use the footy coming down the ground, which we’ll do a lot more of next week at Deakin.’’
The senior and under-18 sides meet Ballarat in AFL Victoria Country Championships games at Deakin Reserve on Saturday, May 24.
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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