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Russell named state captain

Footscray captain Jordan Russell will lead the charge in his debut state game as the VFL guns for its first win against archrivals SANFL since 2002. 

“It’s an honour, and it’s quite unexpected with a lot of VFL skippers in the side,” said Russell. 

“On the day, leadership isn’t going to fall to one or two people, it’s going to fall everyone, and that’s the great thing about it. 

“Spirits are high and hopefully we continue to gel well as a group and get the win.” 

Lauchlan Dalgleish and Will Hayes join Russell as the other Footscray representatives in the side.

Box Hill captain David Mirra has been named as the team’s vice-captain.

On the nous and experience of his deputy in this year’s game, captain Russell says Mirra’s record speaks for itself. 

“He’s a great footballer an excellent leader, he stands out at the front and he’ll be a strong leader on the day as well.”

The state squad currently sits at 25, with a final 22 plus emergency to be named Thursday night at training.

 

VFL SQUAD OF 25

BOX HILL HAWKS

MIRRA David 
WARREN Max 

CASEY SCORPIONS

SMITH Tim 

ESSENDON

COGHLAN Daniel 

FOOTSCRAY

RUSSELL Jordan 
HAYES Will 
DALGLEISH Lauchlan 

FRANKSTON

CAVARRA Ben 

NORTH BALLARAT

KIEL Luke 
RIPPON Nick 

PORT MELBOURNE

HARETUKU Khan 
MIHOCEK Brody 

RICHMOND

DARLEY Sam 

WERRIBEE

SHERLOCK Scott 
HANSON Matt 
WILSON Jake 
SODOMACO Michael 

WILLIAMSTOWN

DUNELL Sam 
GIBBONS Michael 
FAULKS Peter 
MASTERS Leigh 
DORGAN Jack 
SIPOSS Arryn 
WHEELER Willie 
MEESE Nick