NORTH Albury great Stan Sargeant once said Daniel Leslie could play every position on the ground.
That’s good enough for me.
With my Ovens and Murray Team of the Past 25 years loaded with star forwards, I’ve gone with Leslie to play at centre half-back.
He spent the first half of his career there before heading to Perth and played in the position during the Hoppers’ 2002 premiership campaign.
Lavington’s Tim Sanson gets the nod at centre half-forward and Pigeon Brendan Fevola is the stand-out from the goal-square.
Tim Hargreaves was equally as damaging in the air or on the ground and is my third tall.
The Ovens and Murray has been blessed with midfield talent since 1993 and a handful of players pick themselves.
Wangaratta Rovers champ Robbie Walker is a lock and my captain.
He was brilliant as a forward early in his career before performing just as well when the Hawks threw him on to the ball.
Nine best and fairests and a runner-up from 1991 to 2000 sum it up pretty well.
Craig Ednie, Jon McCormick, Chris Hyde and Simon McCormick were other walk-up starters.
Yarrawonga rover John Brunner’s non-selection may raise some eyebrows, but he did the bulk of his damage before 1993 and is destined for Team of the Century honours.
Albury’s Paul Spargo is the most successful coach in history with five flags and gets the nod to call the shots.
- Players must play 50 games or three years to qualify.
BRETT KOHLHAGEN'S TEAM OF PAST 25 YEARS
B: Glenn Page (Albury), Craig Tafft (Corowa-R’glen), Luke Packer (Albury)
HB: Travis Hodgson (North Albury), Daniel Leslie (North Albury), Brad Murray (Myrtleford)
C: Chris Hyde (Albury), Robbie Walker (Wangaratta Rovers) (c), Simon McCormick (North Albury/Wodonga)
HF: Jason Lappin (Wangaratta/Wodonga Raiders), Tim Sanson (Lavington) (vc), Michael Stevens (Yarrawonga)
F: Carl Dickins (Corowa-R’glen), Brendan Fevola (Yarrawonga), Tim Hargreaves (Yarrawonga)
Foll: Paul Nugent (Wodonga), Jon McCormick (Wangaratta), Craig Ednie (Yarrawonga)
Inter: Matt Pendergast (Lavington), Matt Fowler (Albury), Shaun Daly (Albury), Andrew Hill (Wangaratta Rovers)
Coach: Paul Spargo (Albury)