Two of Seymour’s star players have been selected to represent the GOTAFE Goulburn Valley League in its upcoming game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Jason Cole and Ben Clifton have been picked in the GVL’s squad to take on the Ballarat Football Netball League in the AFL Victoria Community Championships on May 19, following two selection meetings and the monitoring of early season form.
Cole has also been appointed captain of the league side, with Shepparton’s Ash Holland to serve as vice-captain, while ex-Lion Brandyn Grenfell also made the GVL squad.
GVL senior coach Luke Morgan said picking the two Seymour jets, both multiple interleague representatives, was an easy decision to make.
‘‘Jason and Ben are quality players and they’re getting into that age bracket where they’re playing their best football — Jason in particular — and they’re both now co-coaches of the Lions, so those credentials pretty much speak for themselves,’’ he said.
‘‘Ben will play that same versatile role for us as he does for Seymour. He’ll play forward but also spend time in the midfield and being on the MCG, a much bigger ground, it will be vital that we have those types of players.’’
Morgan said the league has a good mix of players and talent available, meaning he is full of confidence for the representative side’s upcoming campaign against Ballarat.
‘‘The selectors have made contact with around 55 players about their availability for the program as well as keeping a close eye on the form of players in the opening couple of rounds,’’ he said.
‘‘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.’’
The coaching/selection panel is made up of Brad Campbell, Andrew Briggs, Brendan Vanderdonk and Sam Little and Morgan said players can be added to this squad during coming weeks with strong performances at club level.
They will train at Kings Park on May 2 and May 9, with a final session taking place on May 16 at Deakin Reserve in Shepparton.