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BFL young gun gets VFL invite

Zach Walter bursts away during Barwon Heads’ grand final win over Torquay. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

BFL Grand Final best-on-ground Zach Walter will get a chance to test his undoubted talent at a higher level after earning an invite to Geelong VFL pre-season training.

The 20-year-old racked up 33 possessions, including 15 rebound 50s, in Barwon Heads’ drought-breaking premiership win over Torquay.

37 players have been given a chance to earn a spot with the Cats, with 15 of those returning from 2019.

Among those not on the list this year but that have played with Geelong before include former St Mary’s forward Aiden Grace, who returned home to Tasmania this year, Saints big man Trent McMullan, and Leopold ball-magnet Marcus Thompson.

Delisted Hawthorn midfielder Teia Miles, former Brisbane and Essendon big man Sam Michael, who starred with GFL club St Albans and represented Vic Country in 2019, and Geelong Falcons’ graduates Charlie Sprague and Lachie Smith are also training.

After making a successful return from a severe knee injury that culminated in a GFL premiership with St Mary’s, Jesse Travaglini has been rewarded with an invite.

Leopold recruits Tom Feeley (Glenelg) and Harris Jennings (Portland) are also hoping to pull on the Hoops next year.

MEANWHILE, AFL Victoria has unveiled changes to list rules for 2020.

Geelong will be allowed to submit a final list of 24 and a six-man development list

Each team will again be able to field 23 players, with one of those to be a 19-year-old development player and one player under the age of 21.


  • An additional rookie list of two players is available to all VFL teams which will include Next Generation Academy players and players who meet the AFL category B Rookie criteria.
  • A father/son rule will be introduced in 2020 which allows a club to list a player whose father played 100 games or more for the club (including AFL and AFL aligned clubs). These players will be listed on a club’s development list.

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2020 GEELONG VFL TRAINING SQUAD (*indicates returning player)

Zach Walter Barwon Heads
Luke Smith* Bell Park
Cooper Jones* Bell Park
Charlie Wilson* Bell Park
Adam Garner* Colac
Jordan Johnston East Point
Angus Byrne* Echuca
Jack McHale Echuca
Charlie Sprague Geelong Falcons
Lachie Smith Geelong Falcons
Tom Feeley Glenelg
Aiden Grace Glenorchy
Jake Thrum Golden Square
James Cleaver GWV Rebels
Liam Herbert GWV Rebels
Mitchell Burgess GWV Rebels
Cooper Craig-Peters GWV Rebels
Matty Lloyd GWV Rebels
Josh Dwyer GWV Rebels
Jed Hill GWV Rebels
Teia Miles Hawthorn
James Gow* Koroit
Marcus Thompson Leopold
Kyle Gray Mooroopna
Zane Keighran* Newtown & Chilwell
Ned Harris* Newtown & Chilwell
Alex Cincotta* Newtown & Chilwell
Harris Jennings Portland
Sam Michael St Albans
Aaron Black* St Joseph’s
Callum Mitchell* St Joseph’s
Dan Capiron* St Joseph’s
Jackson McLachlan* St Joseph’s
Paddy Dowling* St Mary’s
Kyle Reid* St Mary’s
Trent McMullan St Mary’s
Jesse Travaglini St Mary’s