Werribee’s Matthew Hanson will don the “big V” for a second straight year after being confirmed for Saturday’s VFL State Team.
The Tigers’ midfielder made the final cut of 23 on the back of a typically prolific start to the season, which has again seen him winning plenty of contested ball at the coalface and take his tackling pressure to a new level.
Having had a taste for representative football in last year’s loss to the SANFL side in Adelaide, Hanson is excited by the prospect of playing a more prominent role this year.
“I think there will be a lot more expected of me if I get selected,” Hanson told Wyndham Star Weekly earlier in the week.
“Having played last year, I’ve had a taste of what it’s like and the standard was very high. The intensity was stepped up 10-fold.
“Hopefully, if I get selected, I’ll be more composed in the contest.”
While Hanson’s confirmation to the team comes as good news for the Werribee faithful, it is tempered somewhat by the absence of Michael Sodomaco, who was forced to withdraw his name from selection contention as a precautionary measure due to glute tightness.
Named as one of Victoria’s best players in last year’s representative side, the Tigers’ skipper had been hopeful of another call-up after enjoying a stellar start to the season, during which he has delivered plenty of his trademark run and carry out of defensive 50.
The VFL side take on the WAFL on Saturday at 2:10pm at North Port Oval in Port Melbourne.