New faces in BFNL squad to play Hampden

Golden Square's Matt Compston.
Golden Square's Matt Compston.

The BFNL will take a new-look team into Saturday’s inter-league clash with Hampden in Warrnambool.

The final squad of 26 will train at the QEO tonight, with 11 players who are yet to represent the league in the group of 26.

In-form Golden Square trio Matt Compston, Jake Thrum and Jayden Burke, Eaglehawk trio Brodie Collins, Jonty Neaves and Jack Fallon, Kyneton duo Rhys Magin and Pat McCarthy, Gisborne young gun Jack Reaper and South Bendigo duo Kieran Strachan and Quade Johnstone have been rewarded for their good form at club level.

The final 26 for the BFNL:

Kalan Huntly (Castlemaine)

Brodie Collins (Eaglehawk)

Jack Fallon (Eaglehawk)

Tyler Miles (Eaglehawk)

Ben McPhee (Eaglehawk)

Jonty Neaves (Eaglehawk)

Jack Reaper (Gisborne)

Adam Baird (Golden Square)

Jayden Burke (Golden Square)

Matt Compston (Golden Square)

Jack Geary (Golden Square)

Hamish Morcom (Golden Square)

Jake Thrum (Golden Square)

Jonathan Lanyon (Kangaroo Flat)

Rhys Magin (Kyneton)

Pat McCarthy (Kyneton)

Lee Coghlan (Sandhurst)

Andrew Collins (Sandhurst)

Codie Price (Sandhurst)

Kaiden Antonowicz (South Bendigo)

Quade Johnstone (South Bendigo)

Isaiah Miller (South Bendigo)

Kieran Strachan (South Bendigo)

Trent Donnan (Strathfieldsaye)

Lachlan Sharp (Strathfieldsaye)

Jake Moorhead (Strathfieldsaye)

Magin makes his long-awaited debut for the BFNL after a couple of brilliant seasons with Kyneton.

His inclusion gives the BFNL arguably the deepest and most flexible midfield it’s had at this level for some time.

Magin, Jack Geary, Andy Collins, Ben McPhee, Adam Baird, Lee Coghlan, Kal Huntly, Brodie Collins, Jonathan Lanyon, Quade Johnstone, Trent Donnan and Jake Moorhead give the BFNL a wonderful balance of ball-winning ability and outside run.

Strachan’s availability gives the BFNL a strong one-two punch in the ruck, with the reliable Compston to be the South Bendigo big man’s sidekick.

23 players will take part in Saturday’s game and three will be emergencies.