The final Vic Metro team for the NAB AFL Championships have been released with 5 Knights selected in the extended squad.
Jack Rossimel and Josh Ward have been selected to play with Ned Long, James Nadalin and Darcy Wilmot named as emergencies.
Knights talent manager Rhy Gieschen has spoken his thoughts on the selection. “For the players selected it’s a huge honour to represent Vic Metro in the National Championships”.
The teams were selected based on trials held earlier this year. The last trial was held at Preston City Oval where Knight Jack Rossimel featured with four goals in Vic Metro defeat over Vic Country.
Gieschen says “It is a sign that they have shown some real high level attributes through the April carnival and put their best foot forward in the recent selection period”.
“They understand that they are still very early into their football development but it is a promising sign that they are on the right track”.
The first game will be held on this Sunday June 16, 12:30 at GMHBA against Vic Country. The squad will then travel to Queensland for the next rounds in the school holidays, where they compete in games against South Australia and Western Australia.
“It will be a great experience for them to travel to Queensland and learn how professional you need to be to compete against the best in Australia”.
Gieschen is extremely proud of the boys selected and their development so far this year.
Jack Rossimelis a 190cm strong forward who is a natural leader and attacks the ball ferociously in the air.
Josh Ward a versatile competitor with elite endurance, with natural ball winning ability and a smart left foot.
Ned Longis the modern day 190cm midfielder who won the 2km trial at 6 minutes 30 seconds and is developing nicely.
James Nadalinhas been the Knights biggest improver since pre-season. Gieschen describes him as having “great game awareness which allows him to make smart decisions with ball in hand”. Nadalin is a strong defender who shows great courage and looks to attack and take the gam on from half back.
Darcy Wilmot, son of Collingwood player and Northern league champion Grant Wilmot, is extremely athletic with good speed and a high vertical leap which allowed him to take countless intercept marks in the April carnival.