Yarrawonga Chronicle

Southern NSW dominates NSW Origin team

- BY ROBERT MUIR

Former Corowa local and now Sydney coach John Longmire was named as the senior coach along with current AFL players from the region including Taylor Duryea (Corowa/ Wahgunyah), Tom Hawkins (Finley), Charlie Spargo (Albury), Jacob Koschitzke (Albury), Lachie Schultz (Moama), Todd Marshall (Deniliquin), Jacob Hopper (Leeton), Matthew Flynn (Narrandera), Dougal Howard (Wagga). Adam Schneider (Osborne) and Ben Mathews (Corowa) were also picked as assistant coaches

Team selectors said despite an outstandin­g on field season by Adelaide’s Taylor Walker the selectors have concluded due to his recent racist comments, it would be inappropri­ate to consider Taylor for selection in the team.

The selectors were Richard Colless (Convenor), Gerard Healy, Mike Sheahan, Wayne Carey, Mark Maclure and Rod Gillett.

GWS mid-fielder Jacob Hopper from Leeton-Whitton has won the Carey Bunton Medal for the best player in the AFL this season based on the votes of the AFL Coaches Associatio­n. He polled 51 votes.

The Carey-Bunton Medal is named in honour of NSW’s greatest-ever two players, Wayne Carey (North Wagga), the North Melbourne dual premiershi­p skipper who is rated by many as the best player of the modern era in the VFL/AFL; and Haydn Bunton (Albury Rovers/Albury/West Albury), the most decorated player of all time with three Brownlow medals for Fitzroy in the VFL and three Sandover medals for Subiaco in the WAFL.

In announcing the NSW State-of-Origin team for 2021, Society patron Richard Colless, who leads the selection process for the selection of the team said; “This year’s team was selected from the fifty-one players from NSWbased clubs on AFL lists in 2021.

“Tom Hawkins from Geelong is again captain of the team, and he wins the inaugural Mohr Medal, named in honour of St Kilda goalkickin­g champion Wilbur (Bill) Mohr in the 1930s.

“Bill played in Wagga Wagga with Federals which became Wagga Tigers. He was the leading goalkicker for St Kilda from 1929-40.

“He was selected at full forward in the

The Southern NSW area has again delivered a strong hand in the 2021 NSW State of Origin Team announced on August 30.

Greatest NSW Team of All Time announced in 2018, a member of the St Kilda Team of the Century, and inaugural inductee into the AFL Hall of Fame, and 18 times Victorian representa­tive for being the leading NSW goal kicker in the AFL with 54 goals.”

The 2021 NSW State of Origin Team line-up:

Backs:

Harry Cunningham Sydney

Turvey Park

Half-backs:

Taylor Duryea

Western Bulldogs

Corowa-Rutherglen/Wahgunyah

Centreline:

Isaac Smith Geelong

Cootamundr­a

Half-forwards:

Luke Breust (Vice-Capt) Hawthorn

Temora

Forwards:

Lachie Schultz Fremantle

Moama

Rucks/rover:

Matthew Flynn GWS

Narrandera

Dougal Howard St Kilda

Wagga Tigers

Dane Rampe

Sydney

UNSW-Eastern Suburbs

Interchang­e:

Daniel Lloyd GWS (Killarney Vale) Charlie Spargo Melbourne (Albury Tigers) Jack Buckley GWS (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs) Jacob Koschitzke Hawthorn (Albury Tigers).

Assistant coaches: Jarrad McVeigh Sydney (Pennant Hills), Mark McVeigh GWS (Pennant Hills), Adam Schneider GWS (Osborne) and Greg Stafford Melbourne (Western Suburbs) joined Ben Mathews as assistant coaches.

 ??  ?? Sydney coach John Longmire and captain, Jarrad McVeigh hold the winners’ cup after their win in the 2012 AFL Grand Final match between Hawthorn Hawks and the Sydney Swans at the MCG. Photo: AAP.
Sydney coach John Longmire and captain, Jarrad McVeigh hold the winners’ cup after their win in the 2012 AFL Grand Final match between Hawthorn Hawks and the Sydney Swans at the MCG. Photo: AAP.
 ??  ?? Wahgunyah’s Taylor Duryea has had a strong season in the backline for the Western Bulldogs this year.
Wahgunyah’s Taylor Duryea has had a strong season in the backline for the Western Bulldogs this year.

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