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GFL hopes different tact pays off

GFL coach Clinton Wells says he and fellow selectors took a “targeted approach” in assembling the squad for the AFL Victoria Community Championships 1v2 clash with the Northern league.

Thirty-six players were invited to training last week, smaller than the initial squads named in previous years which have usually between 40 and 50.

“Last year we canvassed a number of blokes and lot of them were unavailable,” Well said.

“This year, we’ve streamlined it a little bit and made it a bit more specific to what we require, and we’re pretty confident all of those guys will be available.”

Bell Park star Luke Rounds, who had been earmarked for a spot in the GFL backline, is the only player in the original 36 to indicate he is unavailable.

“We think we have enough talent in the squad to cover ‘Roundsy’,” Wells said.

“We should have some similar type players to fill that void that Roundsy will leave.”

Wells says the squad has been selected with the vast expanse of KFC Oval at Queen’s Park in mind.

“(Assistant coach) James Maas has had a fair bit of time down at Ammos (Geelong Amateur), so he’s given us a bit of intel into the ground,” Wells said.

“It’s a fairly large ground, so we wanted to make sure we’ve got a fair bit of speed in the team.”

The Northern league has a reputation for being one of Victoria’s most physical competitions.

“They like it in-and-under, so, hopefully, we can match it in there and then get them on the outside,” Wells said.

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