WAFL stars ea­ger to take on Tas­ma­nia

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - WORKPLACE -

SOUTH FRE­MAN­TLE has been re­warded for its stel­lar start to the sea­son by hav­ing seven play­ers picked in the WA squad to tackle Tas­ma­nia next month.

Bull­dogs cap­tain Ryan Cook is there, to­gether with Blayne Wil­son, Mar­lion Pick­ett, speed­ster Tim Kelly, half-back general Ash­ton Hams, power for­ward Ben Saun­ders and Zac Strom.

Perth had three play­ers in the squad, in­clud­ing last year’s San­dover Medal­list Ai­dan Tropi­ano, who will be joined by Jared Bell and for­mer St Kilda mid­fielder Clint Jones.

East Fre­man­tle’s Matthew Wat­son joins Jamie McNa­mara, Brett Peake, Ge­orge Hampson, Liam An­thony, An­drew Stephen and Brock O’Brien in the squad.

Coach Dar­ren Har­ris, who mar­shalled the 44point win over the SANFL 12 months ago, said he was ex­cited by the tal­ent on hand.

“There are so many WAFL play­ers in great form at the mo­ment and this has al­lowed us to put to­gether a very strong list,” he said.

“We’ve gone with quite a large squad ini­tially and can still add to that if play­ers show out­stand­ing form over the next few weeks.”

Har­ris said it was great to have such strong buy-in from play­ers, con­sid­er­ing the State game is not com­pul­sory.

“We will end up with those play­ers in our fi­nal side who re­ally want to play for their state and de­serve to, based on their form,” he said. “That will give us the best op­por­tu­nity for suc­cess against Tassie, who will bring a very strong side.”

The game is on June 11.

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