Patrick Cripps, Brodie Grundy, Dustin Martin, Nat Fyfe, Josh Kelly and Patrick Dangerfield are among the stars who will play in the AFL’s state of origin game for bushfire relief next week.
Victoria will play the All-Stars in the match, with the teams coached by Damien Hardwick and John Longmire respectively.
Brodie Grundy is playing for the All Stars in the match. Credit:AAP
Richmond and GWS have the most players in the squads with six each. Collingwood follows with five apiece. Carlton, Essendon, Gold Coast and Melbourne have just the one player selected.
Both squads are blessed with an embarrassment of riches in the midfield with Victoria boasting the likes of Rory Sloane, Scott Pendlebury, Steele Sidebottom, Kelly, Lachie Whitfield and Trent Cotchin.
The jumper to be worn by the Vics next Friday night.
The All-Stars will have a midfield including Lachie Neale, Dayne Zorko, Cripps, Fyfe, Stephen Coniglio and Elliot Yeo.
Coniglio’s inclusion is significant given he missed much of last season, including the grand final, with a knee injury. One of the best midfielders in the game, he re-signed with GWS for seven years in 2019.
Nine of the top 10 players from last years Brownlow Medal count will play in the match with Tim Kelly the only one to miss out. He is being managed.
Injured players to miss out include Joel Selwood, Jeremy McGovern, Max Gawn and Lance Franklin while Tom Mitchell’s is still recovering from his broken leg.
It is the first state of origin game since the 2008 Hall of Fame Tribute Matchwhere Victoria beat the Dream Team by 17 points at the MCG.
Each player for the All-Stars will have their home state or country above their playing number with eight coming from Western Australia, six from South Australia, five from New South Wales, three from Queensland and Tasmania plus two internationals (Ireland’s Zach Tuohy and South Africa’s Jason Johannisen).
The only selection criteria was that each club have at least one player in the game.
The match will be held at Marvel Stadium on Friday February 28 with the Collingwood v Melbourne AFLW game as a curtain raiser.
Victoria squad: Rory Sloane (Adel), Toby Greene (GWS), Trent Cotchin (Rich), Stefan Martin (Bris), Nick Haynes (GWS), Bachar Houli (Rich), Darcy Moore (Coll), Josh Kelly (GWS), Tom Lynch (Rich), Scott Pendlebury (Coll), Lachie Whitfield (GWS), Dustin Martin (Rich), Steele Sidebottom (Coll), James Sicily (Haw), Jade Gresham (StK), Adam Saad (Ess), Ben Cunnington (NM), Jake Lloyd (Syd), Mark Blicavs (Geel), Todd Goldstein (NM), Tom Papley (Syd), Patrick Dangerfield (Geel), Shaun Higgins (NM), Marcus Bontempelli (WB), Jeremy Cameron (GWS), Robbie Gray (PA) and Jack Macrae (WB).
All-Stars squad: Rory Laird (Adel), Jeremy Howe (Coll), Neville Jetta (Melb), Brodie Smith (Adel), Nat Fyfe (Freo), Scott Lycett (PA), Taylor Walker (Adel), Michael Walters (Freo), Shane Edwards (Rich), Harris Andrews (Bris), Tom Hawkins (Geel), Jack Riewoldt (Rich), Charlie Cameron (Bris), Zach Tuohy (Geel), Bradley Hill (StK), Lachie Neale (Bris), Lachie Weller (GC), Callum Mills (Syd), Dayne Zorko (Bris), Stephen Coniglio (GWS), Brad Sheppard (WCE), Patrick Cripps (Carl), Luke Breust (Haw), Elliot Yeo (WCE), Brodie Grundy (Coll), Isaac Smith (Haw) and Jason Johannisen (WB).
Source: Read Full Article