BARRY Hall has been named in a star-studded Riddell District interleague squad for its showdown with the Kyabram District league this month.
Hall may be the ‘‘name’’ player of the squad, but more significantly, the bulk of the league’s leading talent has put its hand up to play in the RDFL’s return to representative football.
Only five of the starting 18 named in last year’s RDFL team of the year are missing from coach Matt Power’s squad. Hall is just one of 60 players in the squad, with at least three from every club called to assemble for training in the coming weeks.
The KDFL is no stranger to colourful full-forwards, having been the competition of choice in recent times for Shane Loveless, Perry Meka andAaron James.
Prolific goalkicker Matt Davidson of Romsey, Diggers Rest forward Brent Tuckey and 2009 Bowen medallist Aaron Blade are among the key inclusions in the squad. The KDFL and RDFL are the lowest ranked leagues in the AFL Victoria Country Championships and will have a chance to move up the rankings at Tatura Showgrounds on May 25.
The under-18 team was named last week. Netball squads for seniors and under-17s are expected to be announced this week.
RDFL INTERLEAGUE SQUAD
Macedon: James Wright, Jason Davies, Nick Arnold
Rupertswood: Leigh Brennan, Mitch Gaunt, Thomas West, Todd Podolczak
Diggers Rest: Brent Tuckey, Stuart Clarke, Adam Richardson, John Ryan, Shaun Sims, Craig Marshall, Dylan Hannan, Brandon Kilty
Riddell: Matt Sammut, Paul Sahlberg, Daniel Sahlberg, Aaron Blade, James Climas, Nick Ash, Ethan Foreman
Lancefield: Phil Conway, Chris Burkett, Chris Collins, John Baker
Romsey: Brad Mitchell, Mitch Farmer, Matt Davidson, Cam Dawson, Steve Burlak, Mitch Brewer
Melton Centrals: Nathan Richardson, Adam Fenton, Kane Bullen, Adam Hunter
Rockbank: Tom Mainey, Russell Rich, Shaun Wilson, Matt Krul
Woodend Hesket: Jesse Sheppard, Alex Shipard, Geordie Taylor
Sunbury Kangaroos: Jarrod Pretty, Leigh Fishenden, Tierone Cuffe, Jamie Cuffe, Daniel Gregory, Jake Powell, Brenton Sutherland, Matthew Welsh, Anthony Leonard
Broadford: Barry Hall, Michael Gillard, Quade Comi, Matthew Coomans
Kilmore: Adam Goudge, Alex Desmond, Nick Sheldon
Wallan: Steve Bell, Justin Collis, Ben Schraven