Victoria Country One coach Peter Knights expects to have a strong contingent of Goulburn Valley Football League players in his squad for this year's battle against Victoria Metro.OLIVER CAFFREY May 20, 2014 3:05am
Peter Knights is expecting a number of Goulburn Valley Football League players to be selected for Victoria Country One’s training squad.
AFL Victoria Country One coach Peter Knights is expecting a large contingent of Goulburn Valley Football League players to make up this year’s squad.
The Hawthorn great was a special guest at Sunday’s AFL Victoria Worksafe Game of the Month between Kyabram District Football League rivals Merrigum and Lancaster.
Vic Country One will take on Victoria Metro at Simmonds Stadium on July 12.
It will be Vic Country One’s biggest challenge yet as it takes on a team of players eligible from all metropolitan leagues, not just Victorian Amateur Football Association, as has been the case previously.
Knights said he believed this Saturday’s Country Championships clash between the GVFL and Ballarat Football League would produce plenty of potential candidates.
‘‘We’re expecting Goulburn Valley to put a strong squad on the park at Deakin next week against Ballarat,’’ Knights said.
‘‘They are passionate footy people and I’m sure Ballarat will be fired up and looking to take on the boys at the GVFL.
‘‘I’d like to think there would be a number of players from the Goulburn Valley and Ballarat leagues that would make up our initial training squad.
‘‘We don’t go in with any pre-conceived ideas on any player, it will go on form in next week’s five major games and hopefully some of those that did play with us last year will play well, but we do go in with an open mind.’’
Former Tatura and now Rochester midfielder Brendon Hollow, Shepparton United co-coach Tim Looby, Kyabram defender Tom Sheldon, Mooroopna’s Dan Lewis and Tatura ruckman Paul Kirby all played roles in last year’s three-point loss to VAFA at Junction Oval.
Knights will travel to Mildura on Saturday to view the Murray Football League’s clash against Sunraysia Football League.
There will be selectors at all five major league games at Shepparton, Mildura, Geelong, Bendigo and Wangaratta.
‘‘After next week’s games, we’ll come together as a group next Wednesday and we’ll probably have around 60 to 80 players on a short list for Vic One,’’ Knights said.
‘‘We will then select 35 to 40 and the next step will be to contact every one of those players individually and see if they are available.’’
There will also be scouts at minor interleague games to pick a squad for the Victoria Country Two side.
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