Falcons in mix for Vic Country

Colac Tiger Campbell Tanis, left, will join fellow Tigers Ethan Floyd, Cooper Stephens, Adam Garner and Frazer O’Gorman on the Geelong Falcons’ 2017 list.

Geelong Falcons coach Dan O’Keefe says he expects at least two Colac district footballers to earn Vic Country selection this year.

The Falcons finalised their 2017 squad on Monday night, and O’Keefe said Falcons officials were anticipating big things from the Colac district contingent of the TAC Cup outfit.

The club appointed Colac’s Cooper Stephens as co-captain, while Cassidy Parish, Adam Garner, Ethan Floyd and Frazer O’Gorman are all likely to play regular games this season after featuring in last year’s side as bottom-agers.

“A lot of the players we got from the Colac area are really top-class players who will be in our top 18 and have a predominant role in the top end of our group,” O’Keefe

O’Keefe, who stepped up as the club’s head coach this year, said Parish, the younger brother of emerging Essendon star Darcy, was destined to represent the state at the national championships.

He said Stephens was also a chance for Big V honours, while he was thrilled with Floyd’s off-season, and predicted a breakthrough season for the former Birregurra junior entering a draft year.

“Cassidy will be a lock-in for Vic County and I would’ve thought Ethan will be as well, plus Cooper will be a high chance,” O’Keefe said.

“If Ethan just goes that one more level, which he’s very capable of, I think it could give him a good chance to get picked up at the end of the year.

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