Campbell, Kirby, Looby, Weeks in Knights’ best Vic side

July 12, 2017

Victoria Country ensured coach Peter Knights bowed out a winner, defeating Victoria Metro by 39 points at Mernda yesterday.

Goulburn Valley League players have featured prominently in Hawthorn legend Peter Knights’ best Victoria Country team he coached.

Knights led the representative side from 2009 until last year.

Former St Kilda star and Richmond coach Danny Frawley succeeded Knights this year, with Victoria Country being belted against VAFA on Saturday at Frankston.

Knights chose his ‘‘best-of’’ team for The Weekly Times.

Tatura stalwart Paul Kirby was named as the starting ruckman in a star-studded midfield that includes Albury’s former AFL player Dean Polo.

Former Shepparton United superboot Tim Looby, who transferred to Myrtleford this year, was included in a back pocket after being a mainstay in Knights’ side.

Looby also captained Vic Country in 2014 and 2015.

The man Looby succeeded as skipper, former Rochester star and Morrison medallist Guy Campbell, was put in the plum position of centre half-back.

Campbell, who is coaching Echuca United in the Murray Football League this year, was named as vice-captain.

Hampden legend Joe McLaren received the honour of captain.

Knights had an easy choice in picking his full-forward — it was none other than retired legend Grant Weeks.

The former Rochester forward carved out one of the greatest country football careers during stints at the Tigers, Colbinabbin and Golden Square in Bendigo before a serious back injury forced him to call it quits this year, aged just 28.

‘‘Without doubt the best full-forward outside AFL I have seen,’’ Knights told The Weekly Times.

‘‘I can put my hand on my heart and say outside AFL at his peak, and I had him at his peak, the best full-forward in the country without any doubt in my mind at all.’’

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