Meet the No 1 country football team in Victoria

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Geelong Football Leaguet Interleague coach Jeremy Dyer announced his final side to take on the Mornington Penninsula FL at the MCG on Saturday. Here is every position and every player, listed in detail. Get to know the #1 country football team in Victoria.

BACKS

Campbell Floyd (No.#16)

Club- Colac

Interleague Appearances- 1

Slight in stature but big in skill and courage, the mop-haired Floyd is making big strides around the scene. Won the medal for best on ground in last year’s Interleague clash, before representing Vic Country. At just 20 years of age, he has played the opening three games for Geelong VFL. Superb decision maker and as tough as they come.

Ryley Hall (No. #13)

Club: St Mary’s

Interleague Appearances- 0

Underrated no more, Hall will take one of the key defensive posts in Jeremy Dyer’s team. Often gets the biggest jobs for his home club St Mary’s, and is rarely beaten. Strong as an ox, the Saint plays bigger than his height suggests. Will likely get one of Aaron Edwards or Tim Bongetti.

Nathan Peoples (No.21)

Club- North Shore

Interleague Appearances- 1

Ever reliable, Peoples will fill various defensive holes on Saturday. Peoples plays as a key back for North Shore that goes against his size, so he will enjoy not playing on a monster against Mornington. Dependable and a vital cog of the back 6.

HALF BACKS

Kane Leersen (No.8)

Club: Colac

Interleague Appearances- 2

The Colac captain has led his side’s resurgence this year in the GFL with his elite ball use out of the back half, and Saturday should be no different. A member of the 2014 and 2015 Interleague sides, Leersen brings with him polish and experience that will be invaluable on the wide expanses of the MCG.

Luke Delaney  (No.25)

Club- Grovedale

Interleague Appearances- 0

Arriving in the GFL fresh off St Kilda’s list last year (where he was from 2014), Luke Delaney looms as one of the keys to the game. Delaney played his 63 AFL games for North Melbourne and St Kilda exclusively in the back half, and that is where he looks likely to feature at the MCG on Saturday despite playing forward for Grovedale

Tim Sheringham (No.7)

Club- Bell Park

Interleague Appearances- 5

Quite simply, Sheringham is one of the GFL’s all-time greats. A corner stone of Bell Park, Sheringham is a complete footballer; tough, courageous, exceptional in the air and below his knees, with the ability to play in a number of positions. He wins games himself, is highly regarded for his leadership and is rarely beaten one-on-one. Best on ground in the 2014 Interleague, four-time Bell Park best and fairest winner and a league best and fairest to boot.

CENTRES

Chris Moreland (No.12)

Club- Geelong West Giants

Interleague Appearances- 1

The explosive midfielder causes headaches due to the nature of his play, and his speed will loom large on Saturday again. Best known for his time on reality show The Recruit, Moreland is a star in his own right. He wins his own footy and damaging with it in his hands. Has been a consistent star of the GFL for a long while. Much like captain Jason Davenport, Moreland has held his own battling club up through tough years.

Ben Dobson (No.15)

Club- St Mary’s

Interleague Appearances- 0

The Essendon VFL listed Dobson was one of the query’s coming into the clash, due to his VFL duties. However he was released on Wednesday night to play for the Geelong FL. 191cm solid frame who is equally adapt in the middle as he is down forward. 22 goals in just 7 games in between VFL commitments last year.

Jackson Sheringham (No.5)

Club- Bell Park

Interleague Appearances- 2

A third Interleague Guernsey for the pacey star, whose two previous appearances came before his 12 AFL games for the Cats. A prolific ball winner, the 28-year old has pace to burn and rarely makes bad decisions. One that Mornington will have to watch out for. Genuine star of the comp.

 HALF FORWARDS

Jason Davenport (No.1)

Club- North Shore

Interleague Appearances- 3

What more can you say about the North Shore and GFL captain? The best midfielder in the GFL and if he isn’t its best player, there’s only a wafer-thin gap between #1 and him. Davenport played 28 games for Port Adelaide, kicking 29 goals between 2009-11. Explosive and prolific, Davenport kicked 4 goals in last year’s Interleague victory over Eastern FL, and has hauls of 28, 45 and 12 goals over his three seasons at the Seagulls.

Sam Dobson (No.24)

Club- St Mary’s

Interleague Appearances- 0

The brother of Ben, Sam Dobson is a valuable commodity for the GFL, after going through the same uncertainty over his availability as his brother. Kicked 11 goals in 8 games for the Geelong VFL team last season, in between 24 in 10 for St Mary’s. Only listed at 189cm, but has elite hands and a great endurance base.

Brant Haintz (No.4)

Club- St Joseph’s

Interleague Appearances- 0

Back at St Joseph’s full time after 3 seasons with Geelong VFL, Haintz is enjoying more time up the ground for the high flying Joeys. Known more as a slippery half forward, Haintz has been injected into the middle of the ground this year to great effect. Deceptively quick with great ball winning and goal sense.

FORWARDS

Simon Close (No.11)

Club- Leopold

Interleague Appearances- 1

A member of last year’s victorious side, Close forms as a vital cog in the forward half. Not overly tall, the Lions forward covers the ground well and has some of the stickiest hands in the region. Will likely get a third tall defender which will suit the undervalued Close. Spent a couple of seasons with Geelong VFL in 2014-15.  Reliable set shot.

Jarrod Garth (No.23)

Club- Bell Park

Interleague Appearances- 1

The big left footer was selected over fellow powerhouse Jordan Erskine to lead the forward line, after both playing at Simonds Stadium last year. Kicked 66 goals in 2016, and is hard to move and a big presence deep in the forward line. The 30-year old won the GFL goal kicking back in 2008 before moving to Melbourne where he became a consistent goal kicker throughout their leagues. Is coming off 11 goals in the latest round of GFL, in which he has slotted 22 goals in his 4 games so far.

Marcus Thompson (No.3)

Club- Leopold

Interleague Appearances- 0

Another late inclusion, this time for St Mary’s ball magnet Zak Sherman. The silky Thompson is a huge asset for Geelong however, after being released by the VFL side. An elite user off half back much like Kane Leerson, Thompson can float through the back half and push into the middle of the ground if needed. Rarely does much wrong. In and out of the VFL side for the past two seasons.

RUCKS

Jayden Symes (No.18)

Club- Geelong West Giants

Interleague Appearances- 0

The lean Ruckman will go on his lonesome on Saturday after the non-selections of Jack Berry and Luke Davis. Only 194cm but a superb jumper and very adapt around the ground. Won a trio of premierships in the GDFL before moving to the GFL. Big test, but highly rated internally to see off two VFL listed Ruckman.

Jai Thompson (No.14)

Club- Leopold

Interleague Appearances- 2

The Lions premiership captain has been dubbed the ‘Leopold Joel Selwood’, and it’s not hard to see why. Hard as nails and never taking a backwards step, Thompson is one of the rare breeds who can carry a team through his actions. Equally adapt on the outside with his left foot as he is on the inside, Thompson will lead the midfield brigade. Coming off knee surgery and a shoulder problem before making his return last week.

Ryan Monaghan (No.6)

Club- Colac

Interleague Appearances- 2

The Tigers heart and soul completes the midfield engine room. Hamstring injuries have stopped Monaghan short of fully completing his copious potential, yet when firing there aren’t many better. Powerfully built, the Colac midfielder is a genuine ball winner and a great extractor. Tough and determined competitor.

INTERCHANGE

Tony Armstrong (No.20)

Club- Lara

Interleague Appearances- 0

An interleague debut for the sole Lara player who returns to the MCG where he played five AFL matches between 2010 and 2015. The former Crow, Swan and Collingwood midfielder also has the ability to play back, with his precision skills coming to the fore. Brings an element of class to the Interleague team. It speaks volumes a player of his class can be named on the bench.

Rob Condy (No.19)

Club- Newtown

Interleague Appearances- 4

The Newtown veteran makes his fifth appearance in an Interleague jumper, and amazingly after more than a decade is still at the peak of his powers. A precision ball mover, Mornington should be wary not to give Condy time and space to deliver as he can cut you up by foot off half back. Quick and elite decision maker. A part of the current Geelong VFL set-up.

Jacko McLachlan (No.2)

Club- St Joseph’s

Interleague Appearances- 0

The youngest player in the GFL team, McLachlan hasn’t missed a beat at the start of his first full season of GFL senior football. The 19-year old is agile and is so often the link between midfield and attack for St Joseph’s, as he roams around half forward. The ex-Geelong Falcon has played every game so far this year and was superb on ANZAC Day, so the big occasions don’t overwhelm him. Keeping 6-goal Grand Final hero Brandon Howarth out of the team is no mean feat.

Matt McMahon (No.9)

Club- Newtown

Interleague Appearances- 2

One of the more underrated players of the modern era, the nugget McMahon is the general of the Eagles midfield and never lets his team down. A contested animal, McMahon thrives when the game gets tougher, and adds an extra layer to a deep midfield. Keeping 2016 Mathieson Medalist Nathan Deans out of the side, which shows you his quality.

Cam Delaney (No.22)

Club- Grovedale

Interleague Appearances- 0

Brother of Luke, Cam Delaney also comes straight off an AFL list like his brother, following being delisted by Geelong at the end of 2016 after he failed to add to his six games with North Melbourne. Once more, his big game experience will be called upon. Can play at either end and a variety of roles, but will more than likely add tall defensive cover on Saturday. Superb in the air.

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