HORSHAM coach Jordyn Burke will captain Vic Country Two in its representative match against Victorian Amateur Football Association in Geelong on Saturday.
Burke will represent the side for the third time, alongside two fellow Wimmera players at St Albans Reserve from 1.45pm.
Ararat forward Beau Cosson – who has starred in his debut Wimmera league season – and Hopetoun and North Ballarat Roosters midfielder Coleman Schache have also been selected in the final 22.
North Central Football League also has one representative in Wedderburn half-back Rohan McHugh.
Burke, who was vice-captain of the team in its thrilling one-point win in Melbourne last season, said he was thrilled to have the opportunity to lead at the weekend.
“It’s a pretty big honour and I’m a bit taken aback,” he said.
“I’ve always been a fan of representative footy.
“It’s great to play in it and the training and the way everyone goes about it, it’s really enjoyable to be a part of.
“The opportunity to play at a high level, you’ve got it to take it when you can.”
More than 40 players were selected to trial for the side following the WorkSafe Country Championships in May, with the final squad featuring players from 11 different leagues.
Burke, who missed the Wimmera league’s match against North Central because of injury, said he expected to feature up forward alongside Cosson.
Cosson, who has kicked 38 goals in his Wimmera league matches, kicked five majors in the interleague match.
Mallee midfielder Schache has played six VFL games and four matches for Hopetoun in 2014 and was his league’s best in its interleague match, while Wedderburn’s McHugh was North Central Football League’s best performer against the Wimmera.
The Wimmera will also have a representative in both the Vic Country under-19 and Vic Country One teams.
Ararat forward Liam Cavanagh, who is enjoying a breakthrough Wimmera league season, has been named in the final 22 for the under-19s match against Victorian Amateur Football Association at St Albans Reserve on Saturday at 11am.
Former Horsham footballer Chris Giampaolo, now playing for Ballarat Football League club Redan, has been named in the final 26-player squad for Vic Country One’s AFL Victoria Community Cup clash against Vic Metro at Simonds Stadium at 4pm on Saturday.
The Vic Country One squad – coached by AFL Hall of Fame and Hawthorn Team of the Century member Peter Knights – will be cut to 24 players after training on Wednesday night.