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Country calls for seven GFL stars

St Joseph’s star Cam Tudor is among seven GFL players named in the final Vic Country team. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

ST Joseph’s will be without Cam Tudor and Curtis McCarthy, while Newtown & Chilwell won’t have the services of Alex Cincotta for Saturday’s blockbuster Battle of the Milk Bar after all three were named in the final Vic Country team to take on the VAFA.

The trio is among seven GFL players to make the final twenty-two, with St Albans big man Sam Michael, Leopold midfielder Marcus Thompson, Bell Park newcomer Nik Rokahr, and star South Barwon forward Andrew Boseley also selected for the clash at Carlton’s IKON Park on Saturday afternoon.

“It’s a third of the team, which is probably about right,” coach Danny Frawley told krockfootball.com.au.

“Even though they didn’t have a win against Northern, a few of those players didn’t play.

“It’s probably the best (country) comp with the GV (Goulburn Valley), who have got eight (representatives).

Joeys will still have access to Riley Ferguson and Brenton Rees, while captain Matt McMahon will line-up with the Eagles after revealing last he wanted to play in the GFL 1v2 clash.

“Ferguson just missed out; he’s a bit stiff, actually. And Rees just missed out,” Frawley said.

“McMahon’s got his hands full with his wife playing VFL, and he’s doing a really good job for Newtown.

“To his credit, he’s been a great stalwart for us, and he’s played well for me.

“He’s got bigger fish to fry with Newtown trying to win their first flag in 33 years, and I know they play St Joeys.”

Michael, who joined St Albans ahead of the 2019 season having been at AFL clubs Brisbane and Essendon, will assume the No.1 ruck mantle from suspended Colac great Lochie Veale.

He is likely to battle former St Kilda big man Jason Holmes.

“He’s going to have his hands full,” Frawley said.

“But he’s been in terrific form; he was really keen to play.”

Bosely, who leads the GFL goal kicking with 40 goals from 11 games will start deep forward, with McCarthy likely to also be inside 50 with him.

“Curtis McCarthy has been a bit of a surprise packet, actually,” Frawley said.

“He’s got a lot of talent; there’s no reason why he couldn’t play league footy from what I’ve seen.

“Curtis is a very strong mark, he’s fairly quick, and he’s pretty athletic, so if I were an AFL recruiter, I’d be going to have a look at him.

“And I’d be having a look at Cincotta; I think he’s got some AFL attributes.”

Former St Mary’s star Sam Dobson, who returned home to Hampden League club Koroit has been named vice-captain.

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