Play­ers in state of an­tic­i­pa­tion

Joondalup Weekender - - Sport - with Bill Mon­aghan

WA faces a great chal­lenge in the state game against Vic­to­ria in Melbourne this week­end, but it would not sur­prise me if the side came away with a win.

The grounds over there are dif­fer­ent to what play­ers are used to in the WAFL and VFL foot­ballers use those con­di­tions to their ad­van­tage.

I’m con­fi­dent in the side WA has se­lected and sat­is­fied to see West Perth play­ers Aaron Black, Shane Nel­son, Andrew Strijk, Kody Man­ning and Luke Mead­ows in the mix.

We’d be dev­as­tated to see a re­peat of what hap­pened 10 years ago when Vic­to­ria won at home by 119 points.

The state clash gives the rest of our play­ers a 16-day break be­fore we face East Perth on WA Day.

We ex­pect Joe Mor­row, Ben King and Chris Ke­unen to re­turn from lengthy in­juries.

It con­tin­ues to be dif­fi­cult to pre­dict Matt Guadagnin’s re­turn but he could be a chance to play in one of the grades against the Roy­als.

I was pleased with our 13.14 (92) to 7.18 (60) vic­tory over Clare­mont at Arena Joon­dalup in tough weather con­di­tions on Satur­day.

The play­ers had to work hard against a Tigers side des­per­ate to fight the game out. We were for­tu­nate to cap­i­talise early with 6.3 in the first quar­ter, which put us in good stead when our ac­cu­racy dipped.

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