Victoria Country side brimming with GV talent

By Tyler Maher

When Victoria Country takes on the Victorian Amateur Football Association at Ikon Park tomorrow, the Goulburn Valley will be watching with intent.

Eight players from the Goulburn Valley League — as well as reigning Morrison medallist Nik Rokahr — will pull on the Big V jumper and do battle for the Brian Molony Cup.

For Shepparton product Rokahr it was a sight for sore eyes to see so many players from his former league at Country training.

‘‘It is good, usually in those sort of sides you only know your own league and stick to that group, which is usually only three or four blokes, but to know two thirds of the side is great,’’ Rokahr said.

‘‘It’s good to see some familiar faces.’’

Tomorrow’s clash begins at 1pm, with Kyabram trio Mick Mattingly, Kayne Pettifer and Lachie Smith, Seymour duo Jason Cole and Zac Keogh, Euroa’s JD Hayes, Mansfield’s Brett Mahoney and Tatura’s Brad Ryan set to take the field alongside Rokahr.

Smith was named as co vice-captain of the side at its last training session this week, with Koroit’s Sam Dobson also acting as deputy to Golden Square’s Adam Baird.

While Rokahr has not played much country football this season — lining up seven times for Bell Park — he has been busy juggling his Geelong VFL commitments as well.

‘‘It’s a pretty flat out schedule, in the odd game that I’ve been back at Bell Park it’s been good to get noticed,’’ Rokahr said.

‘‘Obviously it’s a big step up from the GVL, but my time down there has been really good.

‘‘It’s a luxury to train with the AFL boys a few times and see how they go about things. When I have been in the VFL I’ve been thrown around a bit in the middle, up forward and down back, but it’s been really good.’’

Country will be coached by Danny ‘‘Spud’’ Frawley, with Rokahr keen to glean a few tips along the way.

‘‘He’s a fresh face for me, I haven’t had anything to do with Spud before, but his resume obviously speaks for itself,’’ Rokahr said.

‘‘He’s coached at the highest level, and it’s great to learn a few things from him.’’