MPNFL Media’s Brendan Tibballs and AFL Barwon Media’s Josh Conway have got together to give you five players from each of the Geelong football league and the Mornington Penninsula Nepean football league to keep track of, at tomorrow’s AFL Victoria Worksafe Country Championships at the MCG.
Jason Davenport (Midfielder, North Shore)
What more can you say about the North Shore and GFL captain? The best midfielder in the GFL and if he isn’t its best player, there’s only a wafer-thin gap between #1 and him. Davenport played 28 games for Port Adelaide, kicking 29 goals between 2009-11. Explosive and prolific, Davenport has held up North Shore, who only won 13 games from 2009-16 (Davenport joined in 2014). A genuine superstar, Davenport kicked 4 goals in last year’s Interleague victory over Eastern FL, and has hauls of 28, 45 and 12 goals over his three seasons at the Seagulls- an incredible tally coming from a genuine midfielder.
Campbell Floyd (Defender, Colac)
At just 20-years of age, the mop-haired Floyd is the second youngest member of the GFL side behind Jacko McLachlan. The Mornington players shouldn’t take Floyd’s slight 186cm frame for granted though, who is part of Geelong VFL’s list after playing 3 games last season. The defender won the best on ground medal in last year’s Interleague clash with Eastern FL, and is a brilliant reader of the play off half back. Also represented Vic Country in 2016 in the AFL Community Cup clash. Floyd is also an exceptional decision maker with no fear.
Luke Delaney (Defender/Forward, Grovedale)
Arriving in the GFL fresh off St Kilda’s list last year (where he was from 2014), Luke Delaney looms as one of the keys to the game. Delaney played his 63 AFL games for North Melbourne and St Kilda exclusively in the back half, and that is where he looks likely to feature at the MCG on Saturday. This is despite him playing at centre half forward for his club Grovedale to give powerhouse Jordan Erskine a chop out, where he has kicked 6 goals in 4 games. The plethora of options down forward for Jeremy Dyer will probably force his hand, and the Delaney brothers, Ryley Hall and Nathan Peoples will likely hold the key defensive posts. His big game experience will be invaluable.
Jackson Sheringham (Midfielder, Bell Park)
The dynamic Sheringham will form part of the midfield brigade that will look to bring down Mornington. The Bell Park speedster is one of the GFL’s finest, where he returned to the Dragons on a full-time basis in 2016 after playing 12 AFL games for Geelong between 2012-14. A prolific ball winner, the 28-year old has pace to burn and rarely makes bad decisions. One that Mornington will have to watch out for.
Jarrod Garth (Forward, Bell Park)
The strongly built Garth will headline the GFL forward half, where there is no shortage of options, after getting the nod ahead of Jordan Erskine. Garth will be familiar to some MPNFL observers, where he kicked 47 goals for Edithvale-Aspendale in 2015, before moving to Geelong, kicking 66 goals in 2016 for Bell Park. Garth is hard to move and a big presence deep in the forward line and will likely take Mornington’s best defender. The 30-year old won the GFL goal kicking back in 2008 before moving to Melbourne where he became a consistent goal kicker throughout their leagues. The powerhouse is coming off 11 goals in the latest round of GFL, in which he has slotted 22 goals in his 4 games so far.
Aaron Edwards- Forward, Pines FC)
The Pines forward will certainly make his presence felt. Last year Edwards was a key factor in the MPNFL winning over the Northern FL booting 3 majors. So far, this season Edwards has kick 14 goals in 5 games and been a star factor of the Pines outfit and their success so far this season and the last couple of years, kicking 67 and 66 goals for the last two seasons. Returning to the G will be like a home coming for the former West Coast, Richmond and North Melbourne player, and no doubt will be looking to light up the stage.
Luke Tapscott (Midfielder, Sorrento FC)
The former Melbourne utility will be key inclusion to the MPNFL squad this year, after missing the 2016 campaign due to injury. So far this season Tapscott has kicked 12 goals in five games, and been in the best 4 out of the 5 rounds so far. Co-Captain of Sorrento, he is a pivotal part of their on-ball/forward brigade and will add extra grunt to the MPNFL side.
James Hallahan (Defender, Sorrento FC)
The other Sorrento co-captain James Hallahan is one bloke that you want to get the ball into his hands. The role that he plays for Sorrento is usually around the half-back flank or wing setting up the play. He has been a driving factor in the Sharks success over recent years, and will be a solid contributor the MPNFL line-up.
Matt La Fontaine (Midfielder, Frankston YCW)
The young up and coming star from Frankston YCW will be a bit of an x factor to the side. La Fontaine has slotted straight into the Frankston YCW line up this year with impressive games against Mt Eliza and Pines this year.
Shane McDonald (Midfielder/forward, Bonbeach FC)
Last year’s Peninsula FNL E.V. Shade Medalist, would be a fantastic inclusion to the MPNFL side this weekend. Over the past three seasons McDonald has kick 62, 47, 45 goals for Bonbeach as they have climb their way back up the ladder. A hard-nuggetty mid-forward that creates plenty of scoring opportunities.