Michael Sodomaco: VFL State Squad Diary

Having been selected to the VFL State Squad for a second straight year, Werribee captain Michael Sodomaco shares his experiences from inside the “Big V” inner sanctum.

May 17

Our first night involved an extended team meeting at Ikon Park, where we had the opportunity to meet the other players and coaches in the squad.

Given we have such limited time together before the game, these sessions are always important to break down barriers and build some team spirit before we have to play a game together.

Justin Plapp, the coach of the side, made it very clear to us that we’re no longer Werribee players while we are together; instead, we are all Victorian players.

Playing in any rep footy is a great way to meet new people, and I love having the chance to meet people from other teams who you otherwise wouldn’t get to. I was lucky enough to play in the side last year, so it was great to catch up with some of the other guys who played as well.

Of course, Werribee is well represented in the squad, with Matt Hanson, Joe Maishman and Ben Patrick all involved. Former Tiger Brody Mihocek is also in the squad, so it’s great to see him as well.

As you can imagine, Matt Hanson was the life of the party and dominated all conversations. He had to be repeatedly warned to let other people get a word in! If I had a dollar for every time he mentioned his last quarter against Casey (“…10 disposals…heavily tagged…blew up the GPS…”), I’d be a very rich man!

With the squad needing to be trimmed to 23 for the game, there are still four players who will be left disappointed, so everyone is still a little on edge. I learned from last year that the best approach will be to compartmentalise and concentrate on playing well for Werribee this weekend. At the end of the day, whatever will be will be!

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