BIG TEST: State trial match for Colac district footballers

Vic Country football selectors have picked Birregurra’s Zach Zdybel, pictured, and Cobden’s Sean Darcy to play in trial matches for the state this weekend. Selectors will use the matches to finalise a Vic Country squad for this year’s under-18 national championships.

Vic Country football selectors have picked Birregurra’s Zach Zdybel, pictured, and Cobden’s Sean Darcy to play in trial matches for the state this weekend. Selectors will use the matches to finalise a Vic Country squad for this year’s under-18 national championships.

COLAC DISTRICT junior footballers Zach Zdybel and Sean Darcy will play in trial matches with Vic Country as they vie for spots in the state team.

Geelong Falcons coach Andrew Allthorpe said the two key talls were among 11 Falcons who would feature in one of two Vic Country teams for the matches at Carlton’s Ikon Park on Sunday.

Selectors will use the matches to finalise a squad for this year’s NAB AFL Under-18 National Championships, which start on May 6.

“There are two games this weekend and there are about 50 kids that will make up six Vic Country sides, and Zach and Sean will both be a part of it,” Allthorpe said.

“Players from the six Vic Country teams in the TAC Cup will make up the teams, so one Vic Country side might be made up of Geelong, Bendigo and Murray players, and the other one could be North Ballarat, Gippsland and Dandenong players.”

The first Vic Country team will take on a Queensland representative team at 10.30am, before the second team meets New South Wales at 1pm.

Zdybel, 18, has cemented his place in the Falcons’ TAC Cup team in the past two seasons, and is in the team’s leadership group this season.

The Birregurra footballer has averaged 10.8 disposals, 3.6 marks, 2.6 tackles and 7.4 hit-outs playing primarily at centre half-forward in his 18 games for the Falcons.

Meanwhile, the 201-centimetre Darcy has dominated the ruck in his nine matches, in between school commitments.

The Cobden export has averaged 7.6 disposals and a whopping 26.7 hit-outs in the past two years for the Falcons.

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