GVFL squad named

April 14, 2017

ECHUCA Football Club has two players in the mix to represent the Goulburn Valley league in this year’s interleague clash against Ovens and Murray.

Daniel Willis and Ruory Kirkby have been named in the early squad to face Ovens and Murray in May.

Willis came to the Murray Bombers in 2016 after playing seniors for the Shepparton Bears in the two seasons prior and has been an instrumental player in the GVFL in that time.

The star forward was part of the 2016 interleague team, along with Echuca teammates Ben Reid and Jordan Florance when it lost to the Essendon District Football League by just four points.

He is a good chance to be chosen again for the final squad as is fellow teammate Kirkby.

It’s Kirkby’s first year in the GVFL and already he has been picked as a stand-out given his experience in the South Australia National Football League with Glenelg Tigers.

The 30-year-old forward is as reliable as they come, kicking 270 goals in his 166 senior games in the SANFL, and would be a dangerous addition to the GVFL side.

Interleague coach Luke Morgan said both players would be likely choices in the forward line-up.

‘‘Daniel has played in the league for a while now as well as playing representative footy in the past and Ruory adds a huge amount of experience from his decorated career in the SANFL,’’ Morgan said.

‘‘This season was about picking players who had played interleague before.’’

The most notable name left off the preliminary list was 2016 league best and fairest Simon Buckley.

Shepparton Swans is the only club not to have players showcasing in the preliminary interleague squad.

Benalla has produced seven names to be the most represented club, followed by the Kyabram Bombers with six.

‘‘It wasn’t our intention to pick a player from each club; it just worked out that way,’’ Morgan said.

‘‘We have chosen players based on merit and there would have been all 12 clubs represented but the player from Swans wasn’t available.’’

There will be three interleague trainings ahead of the game, starting on April 26, then May 3 and May 10.

Morgan hoped adding an extra training session from the previous year would benefit the team.

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