Bendigo Pioneers finalise under-18, under-16 squads for 2018

THE Rural Bank Bendigo Pioneers have settled on a final under-18 squad of 58 players for the TAC Cup this year.

SELECTED: Golden Square's Thomas Walters is among the Bendigo Pioneers' under-18 list of 58 players this year. Picture: NONI HYETT

SELECTED: Golden Square's Thomas Walters is among the Bendigo Pioneers' under-18 list of 58 players this year. Picture: NONI HYETT

The under-18 squad features players from 26 clubs across the Pioneers’ vast region, plus Riley Clarke, who has moved to Echuca from Cairns.

The list of 58 includes 26 bottom-age players, 28 top-agers and four 19-year-olds – Bailey Henderson, Daniel Keating, Zac Denahy and Oscar Perez.

The final list of 58 was culled from a starting squad of about 150.

“The boys have worked really hard to make the list, and some of those who didn’t make it worked hard as well,” Pioneers coach Rick Coburn said.

“We think we’ve got a really good list to work with this year.”

The Pioneers under-18s will be put through TAC Cup testing this Saturday at Maribynong, which will be followed by a visit to Carlton. The team will then train at Essendon’s Tullamarine base on Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, the Pioneers’ under-16 squad to be coached by Travis Mathieson features a list of 31 players.

Both the under-18 and under-16 teams will play their first games of the season against the Greater Western Victoria Rebels in Ballarat on March 24.

UNDER-18s

• Logan Fitzgerald

Balranald

• Kobe Lloyd

Balranald

• Bill Lee

Birchip-Watchem

• Riley Clarke

Cairns

TALENT: Castlemaine's Zac Denahy is among the four 19-year-olds on the Bendigo Pioneers list this year. Picture: NONI HYETT

TALENT: Castlemaine's Zac Denahy is among the four 19-year-olds on the Bendigo Pioneers list this year. Picture: NONI HYETT

 Zac Denahy

Castlemaine

• Jackson Williams

Cohuna

• Brodie Kemp

Echuca

 Matt Lias

Echuca

• Liam Tenace

Echuca

• Luke Padgham

Golden Square

• Zack Shelton

Golden Square

 Braydon Vaz

Golden Square

• Jye Caldwell

Golden Square

• Daniel Keating

Golden Square

• Zane Keighran

Golden Square

• Liam Marciano

Golden Square

• Thomas Walters

Golden Square

• Mitchell Christensen

Irymple

 Max Johnston

Kangaroo Flat

• Ethan Roberts

Kangaroo Flat

• Nathan McHugh

Kangaroo Flat

• Jake Dick-O’Flaherty

Koondrook-Barham

• Matt Hird

Koondrook-Barham

• Riley Ironside

Kyabram

• Cooper Vick

Kyabram

• Caleb Fisher

Kyneton

 Leyton Chisholm

Kyneton

• Connor O’Shea

Maryborough

• Kyle Stevens

Merbein

• Kobe Brown

Mildura

• Jeremy Rodi

Mildura

• Brady Rowles

Mildura

• Jack McHale

Moama

• Noah Wheeler

Moama

• Lucas Caccaviello

NNWU

• Kalen Walker

Red Cliffs

• Jacob Atley

Rochester

• Flynn Perez

Sandhurst

• Ben Worme

Sandhurst

• Sean O’Farrell

Sandhurst

• Oscar Perez

Sandhurst

 Aaron Gundry

South Bendigo

• Mitchell Goodwin

South Bendigo

• Will Allen

South Bendigo

• Alex Smith-Ralph

South Bendigo

• Decklan Loveridge

South Mildura

• Daine Grace

South Mildura

• Josh Grace

South Mildura

 Daniel Clohesy

Strathfieldsaye

• Bailey Henderson

Strathfieldsaye

HARD YAKKA: Strathfieldsaye's Hunter Lawrence is back for another season with the Bendigo Pioneers this year. Picture: NONI HYETT

HARD YAKKA: Strathfieldsaye's Hunter Lawrence is back for another season with the Bendigo Pioneers this year. Picture: NONI HYETT

• Hunter Lawrence

Strathfieldsaye

• Callum McCarty

Strathfieldsaye

• James Schishka

Strathfieldsaye

• William Wallace

Strathfieldsaye

• Thomson Dow

Swan Hill

• Bailey Waasdorp

Tongala

• James Sala

Tyntynder

• Will Holt

Wedderburn

UNDER-16S

• Nicholas Hodgson

Balranald

• Xavier Mitchell

Cohuna

• Joshua Treacy

Cohuna

• Brodie James

Eaglehawk

• Jack Evans

Echuca

 Joe Guiney

Echuca

 Riley Smith

Echuca

• Riley Bouwmeester

Golden Square

• Jack Ginnivan

Golden Square

• Jack Hickman

Golden Square

• Jack Merrin

Golden Square

• Zavier Murley

Golden Square

• Tylar Atkinson

Imperials

 Regan Scott

Imperials

• Riley Ward

Irymple

• Thomas Burnett

Kyabram

• Ben Xiriha

Kyneton

• Brodie Tonkin

Lake Boga

• Aiden Hare

Maryborough

• Finn Ellis Castle

Mildura

• Jordan Humphreys

Nullawil

 Jim Bellas

Robinvale

• Nathan Kay

Rochester

• Adam McPhee

Rochester

• Sam Conforti

Sandhurst

• Koby Maxted

Sandhurst

• Cooper Smith

Sandhurst

• Jack Tillig

St Arnaud

• Mason Wakefield

Strathfieldsaye

• Darcy Matricardi

Trentham

• Jack Cottrell

Wentworth