Peter Jackson VFL State Squad Announced

The countdown to the Peter Jackson VFL’s State Game with the Tasmanian State League has now officially begun with the announcement of the VFL squad for the match on Saturday May 26.

A strong squad of experience and youth has been selected to represent the Victorian Football League in the return to State football which will see the best players in the competition on show.

Reigning premiers Port Melbourne not only boast the coach of the State Team Gary Ayres, but have had eight players selected in the initial 32 man squad – not surprising after their 8-0 start to season 2012. Port captain John Baird, dual Liston Trophy winner Shane Valenti and VFL top 10 goals kickers Dean Galea, Chris Cain and Billy Burstin lead the names selected from Port’s 28 game winning streak side.

Fellow Foxtel Cup VFL representatives Werribee Tigers and Williamstown both have four players each selected in the squad, along with North Ballarat. Experienced Seagulls captain Ben Jolley is one of five club leaders in the squad – Ben Duscher, Trent Shinners, Baird, and Kris Pendlebury – and they will be joined by former AFL listed players Ben Ross, Sam Pleming, Wayde Skipper, Myke Cook, Matt O’Dwyer, Khan Haretuku and Jamie McNamara in the side. VFL Academy players Kyle Hartigan, Adam Marcon and Dean Towers have also been named in the squad.

Nine of the 13 Peter Jackson VFL sides are represented in the initial squad, but the initial squad can be amended by the selectors. Bendigo, Collingwood and Frankston all have three representatives in the squad , Northern Blues two and Sandringham one.

Over half the squad named has not previously represented the VFL at State level, and the game will be an opportunity for a number of up and coming players in the competition to prove themselves on the representative stage.

The 2008 State game underlined the talent of then Port Melbourne forward Robin Nahas, who was awarded the Frank Johnson Medal (best on ground). Nahas was rookie listed by Richmond at the end of the season.

Since the VFL’s last State game versus the WAFL in 2010, players from that game including Cam Pedersen (North Melbourne), Jonathan Simpkin (Geelong), Stephen Clifton (Greater Western Sydney) and Orren Stephenson (Geelong) have all been drafted/rookie listed.

Ayres will be joined in the coaching box by former State coach North Ballarat’s Gerard FitzGerald, Frankston coach Simon Goosey and VFL Academy coach/mentor Nathan Bibby.

The game will be broadcast live on ABC TV at 1pm on Saturday May 26 from Blundstone Arena, Hobart.

Tasmanian State League vs Peter Jackson VFL

Saturday May 26, 1:05pm

Live on ABC TV 

PLAYER

CLUB

Ben DUSCHER

Bendigo Gold

Jordan WILLIAMS

Bendigo Gold

Trent SHINNERS

Bendigo Gold

Jack HELLIER

Collingwood

Kris PENDLEBURY

Collingwood

Matt BOLAND

Collingwood

Khan HARETUKU

Frankston

Kyle MARTIN

Frankston

Leigh OSBORNE

Frankston

Bill DRISCOLL

North Ballarat

Dean TOWERS

North Ballarat

Myles SEWELL

North Ballarat

Liam HOY

North Ballarat

Adam MARCON

Northern Blues

Kane LAMBERT

Northern Blues

Billy BURSTIN

Port Melbourne

Chris CAIN

Port Melbourne

Dean GALEA

Port Melbourne

John BAIRD

Port Melbourne

Sam DWYER

Port Melbourne

Sam PLEMING

Port Melbourne

Shane VALENTI

Port Melbourne

Wayde SKIPPER

Port Melbourne

Myke COOK

Sandringham

Ben ROSS

Werribee Tigers

Kyle HARTIGAN

Werribee Tigers

Matt O'DWYER

Werribee Tigers

Will SULLIVAN

Werribee Tigers

Ben JOLLEY

Williamstown

Brett GOODES

Williamstown

Jamie McNAMARA

Williamstown

Stephen WITKOWSKI

Williamstown

Click HERE to view the Tasmanian SL side that was announced last week




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