Semmel and Gleeson in VAFA U23 team

Hampton Rovers players Ryan Semmel and Chris Gleeson have been selected in the VAFA U23 team to take on Tasmania at Ulverstone on Sunday.

The initial squad of 35 players has been trimmed down over recent weeks and the final team was announced Thursday evening at Elsternwick Park.

Ryan Semmel, who was appointed co-captain in 2010, has been a consistent performer in the Rovers midfield since returning to the club in 2008.

Chris Gleeson returned to the Rovers in 2009 and has stepped up to a new level this year with some outstanding performances resulting in 26 goals so far this season.

Ryan and Chris bring the number of Rovers players to wear the Big V jumper thus far in 2010 to four after Guy Martyn played in the Senior game and Jackson Ward played in the U21 game last month.

Sunday’s game is part of the AAFC Championship and all the action gets underway at 2:00pm at Ulverstone. Live radio coverage is available online at

U23: Tasmania v VAFA – Sunday 18 July @ Ulverstone
Coach: Mick Dwyer
The Team:
Bulleen Templestowe:
 Paul Florance
Collegians:   Stuart Inglis, Andrew Scott, Trent Zimbachs (vc)
De La Salle:  Nathan Harris, Tyson Hunt, Joshua Oakley, Nicholas Roberts
Hampton Rovers:    Chris Gleeson, Ryan Semmel
Old Carey:  Grant Baldwin, Lachlan McQueen-Miscamble
Old Melburnians:  Thomas Paule, Josh Freezer
Old Scotch:  Sebastian Angus, Tom Campbell, 
Old Xaverians:  Jon Mercuri, Nick Wynne
St Bede’s/Mentone Tigers:   Jack Hellier (vc)
Uni Blacks:  Charlie Richardson
Uni Blues:  Alastair Austin,  Dan Nicholson, Jack Watts (c)

UPDATE 19/07/2010: The VAFA defeated Tasmania 15.16.106 to 5.5.35 to clinch the Australian Amateur Football Council Championship. Rovers players Chris Gleeson and Ryan Semmel kicked two goals each and Semmel was named fourth best for the Vics.

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