Squad announced for Football Team of the Year

The TRFM Gippsland League have named the squad for the Team of the Year. This year the League changed the format, announcing an initial squad for the team that was voted on by all of the senior coaches from the TRFM Gippsland League. Coaches were also able to offer up any players they felt excelled throughout season 2017 as wildcards for the final team of the year. The squad was compiled from players who polled well in the League's MVP award and from the Best Player Points awarded from their teams best 6 selection from each game throughout season 2017. 

Reigning premiers Maffra head the list of nominees with 10 players selected in the squad. Minor premier Leongatha has the 2nd most nominations with 7 players. Fellow finalists Traralgon, Moe and Morwell all have 6 along with sixth placed Sale. All clubs are represented in the squad with Warragul (5), Wonthaggi Power (4), Bairnsdale (4) and Drouin (3).

2016 Team of the Year captain Sam Pleming heads the star studded list with the likes of AFL Vic Country representatives Bob McCallum, Mark Collison, Kane Martin & Ex Collingwood Brodie Holland also in the squad. Ex VFL stars Jack Blair, Alex Carr, Jack Johnstone, Brayden Fowler & SANFL Danny Butcher give the squad plenty of top end talent.

The final team will be named Grand Final week. The final team will contain 24 players with a 6 man interchanged named. The 2017 captain and the coach of the year will also be announced on the night. 

 

2017 TRFM GIPPSLAND LEAGUE – TEAM OF THE YEAR SQUAD

BACKLINE

Ben Timms

Bairnsdale

Charlie Rienets

Moe

Sean Westaway

Leongatha

Ryan Hearn

Morwell

Aaron Coyle

Leongatha

Tom Wilson

Morwell

Sam Pleming

Maffra

Jackson Hall

Traralgon

James Hutts

Maffra

Matt Rennie

Warragul

Jack Johnstone

Maffra

Nick Stevenson

Warragul

Mitch Stanlake

Moe

Byron Dryden

Wonthaggi Power

Tom Long

Moe

Jarrod Membrey

Wonthaggi Power

Tyson Biffin

Moe

 

 


 

Maffra's Sam Pleming again excelled in 2017 finishing runner up in the MVP award. Photo: Gippsland Times 

RUCKS

Bob McCallum

Drouin

Jack Lipman

Sale

Ben Amberg

Traralgon

Dylan Farrell

Moe

Moe's Dylan Farrell capped off a superb first season in the TRFM Gippsland League with a Team of the Year nomination. Photo: Marcelle Anderson

 

MIDFIELD

David Donchi

Bairnsdale

James Blaser

Moe

Brodie Holland

Bairnsdale

Daniel Risol

Moe

Russell Cowan

Bairnsdale

Colin Sanbrook

Moe

Tom Barr

Drouin

Ryan Tatterson

Morwell

Hayden Browne

Leongatha

Adam Wallace

Sale

Patrick McGrath

Leongatha

Kane Martin

Sale

Tom Marriott

Leongatha

Michael Todd

Sale

Josh Hopkins

Leongatha

Jackson McMahon

Traralgon

Luke Bowman

Leongatha

Mark Collison

Traralgon

Kelvin Porter

Maffra

Brad Scalzo

Warragul

Alex Carr

Maffra

Jack Blair

Wonthaggi Power

Danny Butcher

Maffra

Aiden Lindsay

Wonthaggi Power

 

Leongatha's Luke Bowman is chased by Maffra's Danny Butcher during last year's Grand Final. Bowman and Butcher were both named in the initial squad after leading their sides to top two finishes in 2017. Photo: MD Photography

 

FORWARDS

Michael Theodoridis

Drouin

Dan Musil

Morwell

Chris Dunne

Leongatha

Rob Michaelides

Morwell

Mitchell Bennett

Maffra

Jarrod Freeman

Sale

Darren Sheen

Maffra

Jordan Dessent

Sale

Lachlan Channing

Maffra

Lee Stockdale

Traralgon

Daniel Beddggood

Maffra

Jordan Sandy

Traralgon

Ash Dugan

Moe

Nate Paredes

Warragul

Brandon McDonald

Morwell

Brayden Fowler

Warragul

 

Warragul's Nate Paredes again had another amazing year, while playing a large chunk of time through the midfield Paredes 39 goals led to him being named up forward in the initial squad. Photo: Lyn Fairbairn

 

 

 




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