Alex Scott & Staff West Gippsland Football Netball Competition senior interleague coach Mark Lafferty has unveiled a 43-man training squad as preparations for the upcoming Worksafe AFL Victoria Community Championships ramp up.
Just 10 players from last year’s side that fell 52 points short against Riddell and District Football Netball League have been named in the initial squad for this year’s clash with Maryborough Castlemaine & District Football Netball League at Garfield on May 19.
All 10 member clubs are represented, with reigning premier Inverloch-Kongwak unsurprisingly leading the way with seven nominations.
Tanner Stanton (Garfield), Nathan Allen (Bunyip), Jake Weightman (Kilcunda Bass), Jake Smith (Nar Nar Goon) and Zak Vernon (Phillip Island) are among the off-season recruits to have caught the eye of selectors through the opening month of the season.
The squad will have its first training this Sunday at Garfield Recreation Reserve at 10am, with two further sessions prior to the team’s final selection.
A jumper presentation will take place at Pakenham Racing Club following the final training session on Thursday, 17 May.
All listed players are encouraged to contact coach Mark Lafferty on 0400 623 180 prior to this Sunday’s initial training session.
WGFNC WORKSAFE COMMUNITY CHAMPIONSHIPS TRAINING SQUAD:
Justin McCleary, Nathan Allen, Jason Fisher (Bunyip), Rylan Smith, Chris Johnson, Jaxon Briggs (Cora Lynn), Michael Marotta , Blake Carew, Clay Tait (Dalyston), Sam Batson, Michael Wallace, Daniel Johnson, Jayden Goumas, Tanner Stanton (Garfield), Shem Hawking, Corey Casey, Campbell McKenzie, Toby Mahoney, Josh Clottu, Connor Cunningham, Oscar Toussaint (Inverloch-Kongwak), Jake Weightman, James Phillips, Daniel Mock (Kilcunda Bass), Nathan Voss, Troy Dolan, Bailey Galante, Luke McMaster, Jason Wells (Koo Wee Rup), Jake McMillan, Ben Fitzpatrick, Alex Johnson, John Ayma (Korumburra-Bena), Todd Beck, Trent Armour, Matthew Stevens, Sam Blackwood, Jake Smith (Nar Nar Goon), Brendan Kimber, Jaymie Youle, Mark Griffin, Zak Vernon, Jack Taylor (Phillip Island)