THREE Box Hill Hawks have been selected as part of the 25-man VFL Squad that take on the SANFL this Sunday.
David Mirra, Marc Lock and Ayden Kennedy have made the squad of 25 with emergencies to be named at tonight’s main training session.
Box Hill Captain David Mirra is the only brown-and-gold player who has featured before in a representative game, donning the Big V in 2013.
The VFL is aiming to return to the winners list after a 17-point loss to the WAFL in 2013, which followed a commanding win over the Tasmanian State League in 2012.
There’s a mix of experience and rookies in the VFL squad with seven of last year’s VFL Team of the Year being joined by some of this season’s most exciting recruits.
Included in the final squad are five club captains – Mirra (Box Hill Hawks), Panozza (Casey Scorpions), Cockie (Sandringham), Jolley (Williamstown), Nick Lower (Footscray) – with plenty of leadership material representing the competition.
The coach of the squad is Box Hill 2013 premiership coach Damien Carroll and Carroll says he is excited about his side’s prospects against the Crow-Eaters.
“The SANFL have been the measuring stick over the past few years and certainly deserve the No 1 ranking in Australia, but we believe we have a good mix of guys who are really enthusiastic about playing and representing Victoria,” Carroll said.
When the VFL last hosted the SANFL at Port Melbourne in 2005, the visitors emerged from an epic battle four point winners, but then the SANFL smashed the VFL by 65-points in 2008.
The game begins on Sunday at 1.10pm at North Port Oval, Port Melbourne.
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Anthony Anastasio (Williamstown)Chris Cain (Port Melbourne), Scott Clouston (Williamstown), Adam Cockie (Sandringham), Ben Davies (Williamstown), Lech Featherstone (Coburg), Khan Haretuku (Frankston), Ben Jolley (Williamstown), Ayden Kennedy (Box Hill Hawks), Marc Lock (Box Hill Hawks), Cameron Lockwood (Williamstown), Nick Lower (Footscray), Alik Magin (Bendigo), Adam Marcon (Williamstown), Nick Meese (Williamstown), David Mirra (Box Hill Hawks), Daniel Noonan (Port Melbourne), Evan Panozza (Casey Scorpions), Toby Pinwill (Port Melbourne), Sam Pleming (Port Melbourne), Julian Rowe (Port Melbourne), Joshua Scipione (Port Melbourne), Scott Sherlock (Werribee Tigers), Luke Tynan (Port Melbourne), Shane Valenti (Port Melbourne)