Falcons to lead Country charge

Lui Zacher
September 22, 2022 / 10:43 pm

A QUARTET of Geelong Falcons will play a role in Vic Country’s quest for a first under-18 National Championship since 2015.

Captain Jyhe Clark, ruck Oli Northam, midfielder Ted Clohesy and defender Oscar Murdoch have been selected in the final team for tomorrow’s (Thursday) clash with Vic Metro at Marvel Stadium following training today.

With both teams unbeaten through their three previous matches, tomorrow’s match-up will act as a defacto grand final.

“They’re raring to go,” Country and Falcons coach Paul Corrigan said. “Both teams having three wins puts a bit more on it, I think.

“All the boys are excited by the fact they’re playing in (AFL) grand final week.”

Big man Oli Northam. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

Like Country, Metro, coached by North Shore star Jason Davenport, is stacked with plenty of talent, including Will Ashcroft, who will join the Brisbane Lions as a father-son selection in this year’s AFLW National Draft.

However, Corrigan said Country wouldn’t be getting too caught up in limiting Metro’s stars.

“We’ve had a team focus, in that the 23 players that take their place tomorrow all have owned their spots for different reasons and to bring their strengths,” he said.

“I said to the boys today, if we can have a real team aspect and be consistent with that through the game, I think it will put us in good stead.

“But we respect the talent they have in their side.”

Midfielder Ted Clohesy. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

Corrigan hopes the match falling on a public holiday will help swell the crowd.

“Being able to play on a good deck at Marvel, and maybe the roof will be shut, it could be a good spectacle,” he said.


Main Image: Geelong Falcons and Vic Country captain Jhye Clark (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)