BFL stars in VFL contention

Updated: November 24, 2015
Ash medallist Mitch Day is among those included in the Geelong VFL training squad. Picture: AL PACKER

Ash medallist Mitch Day is among those included in the Geelong VFL training squad. Picture: AL PACKER

Ash medallist Mitch Day is among those included in the Geelong VFL training squad. Picture: AL PACKER

GEELONG has cast its net far and wide over the city’s premier local leagues as the Cats continue their commitment to give home-grown talent an opportunity to showcase themselves at VFL level.

The VFL Cats have invited close to 50 layers to train over the pre-season under new coach Shane O’Bree.

Some of the faces trying out for a spot on their list include Ash medallist Mitch Day and Geelong Amateur teammate Richy Kangars, Grovedale ruckman Ryan Abbott and Newtown & Chilwell key forward Timm House.

Queenscliff skipper Jake Hedley, best and fairest Brock Thompson and fellow Coutas Che Durran have been given a chance to impress.

Ex-Geelong Falcons Doug Bond, James Tsitas, who’s spent the last two seasons at North Ballarat, and Alex Hickey, who’s played two years at Essendon, are also among the hopefuls.

Utility Harrison Kol, who won the  Falcons best and fairest in 2015, is also part of the training squad.

Former Falcon and Port Adelaide rookie Sam Russell has returned home after two seasons in South Australia where he played 32 matches with Port Adelaide in the SANFL before being delisted by the Power at the end of the season.

Leopold’s Jye Cross, who is recovering from a knee reconstruction, is on the list.

Three players from the Darley side which won the Ballarat Football League premiership this season alongside O’Bree – Luke Delahey, Leigh Spiteri and Jake Edwards – have also been invited to trial.

Edwards, who played five matches for Carlton, is a first cousin of O’Bree and coached Darley.

Departures already confirmed from the Cats’ 2015 list are Jackson Sheringham, Mitch Herbison, Daniel Measures, Zak Sherman, Daniel Gibbs and Nick Dixon.

Speedster Dane McFarlane is also weighing up his options ahead of Friday’s AFL rookie draft.

O’Bree said the Cats’ VFL games record holder Jack Hollmer was booked in for a shoulder operation next month, adding the 30-year-old has given no indication he’s not keen on a return in 2016.

“With a lot of our VFL boys from last year, we’ve said that this year you’ve got to gain your spot on the list,” O’Bree said.

“Jack’s no different to those guys. Jack’s been down (to training) and he’s interested (in playing on).

“He’s been a long-time servant for the VFL and done a lot for the club.”

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Ryan Abbott Grovedale
David Allitt Torquay
Tom Atkins St Joseph’s
Billy Barnes Torquay
Steve Bensted Drysdale
Doug Bond St Mary’s
Paul Burchell Torquay
Simon Close Leopold
Jye Cross Leopold
Mitch Day Geelong Amatuer
Luke Delahey Darley
Sam Dobson Koroit
Che Durran Queenscliff
Jake Edwards Darley
Matt Farrelly Modewarre
Fraser Fort South Barwon
Josh Guthrie Sunbury
Ben Guthrie Sunbury
Brant Haintz St Joseph’s
Jake Hedley Queenscliff
Alex Hickey Essendon VFL/St Josephs
Jack Hollmer Port Fairy
Timm House Newtown & Chilwell
Richey Kangars Geelong Amatuer
Jordan Keras Footscray VFL/St Joseph’s
Harry Kol Geelong Falcons/St Mary’s
Billie Laurie Newtown & Chilwell/Kybybolite (SA)
Kane Leersen Colac
Sam McLachlan North Warnambool
Jay Moody Portland
Cameron O’Leary Barwon Heads
Kieren Paliouras St Joseph’s
Ben Raidme South Barwon
Brenton Rees St Joseph’s
Sandy Robinson Newtown & Chilwell
Luke Round Bell Park
Tom Ruggles Leopold
Sam Russell Port Adelaide
Daniel Semmens East Point
Leigh Spiteri Darley
Tom Stewart South Barwon
Ryley Stuhldreier South Barwon
Marcus Thompson Leopold
Brock Thompson Queenscliff
James Tsitas North Ballarat/Grovedale
Cam Tudor St Joseph’s
Ryan Williams St Joseph’s

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