New Holland State Country side finalised

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 9:51 AM
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The New Holland State Country side has been finalised ahead of this Saturday afternoon’s clash at Adelaide Oval against the South Australian Country Football League.

No change was made to the initial 22 named late last week with State Country regular Lewis Harvey named as the travelling emergency.

Saturday’s match at the home of South Australian Football will provide the WA side with their first opportunity to taste success on interstate soil in almost a decade, and a chance to make it back to back victories following WA’s 40-point victory in the corresponding fixture last year at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

Eddy Dann, Andrew Haydon, Josh Bootsma and Dylan Ross all played in last year's successful side, whilst Jace Cormack, James Venturini and South Mandurah sharp shooter Brad Holmes have all represented WA previously.

WA Country Football League Operations Manager Brent Sheridan is confident the lineup will provide WA with a great chance to make it two in row on Saturday.

“This year we have a lot of new faces on paper, though in most cases these guys have been in and around the group during our trial matches and now get a chance to pull on the State jumper which will be a great experience for them”.

Sheridan said the added exposure to the North West players during the recent Landmark Country Football Championships has extended the reach of the program. “With the Regional Allstars a part of the Country Championships, our selectors got to see the likes of CJ Oakley (West Kimberley) and Guy Langdon (North Pilbara) first hand and we are thrilled that they are able to represent some our northern most leagues in WA at a state level”.

Saturday's game will also see a number of familiar faces to WA Football fans running around the famous Adelaide Oval turf. Sandover Medalist Rory O’Brien has returned to his roots at Pinjarra and will again get a chance in Gold and Black after being part of the WAFL’s 2011 victory over Queensland.

HBL’s Mitch Andrews and Katanning’s Josh Bootsma have also represented WA at WAFL State level, with Andrews part of the victorious 2017 side over the VFL, whilst Bootsma was part of the WA side that dismantled Tasmania in 2016.

According to Sheridan, this year will be a bigger challenge than last. “2017 was great to get the win and get the monkey off our back, so to speak, however this year will be another huge and exciting challenge on the road and we are very driven to ensure that last year wasn’t just a flash in the pan.

“The guys have a chance to represent not only their Club and League but also the whole of Country WA which is incredibly exciting”.

The squad will travel to Adelaide on Friday ahead of the clash with the Croweaters which is a Curtain Raiser to Saturday night’s blockbuster between Adelaide and Melbourne.

Bouncedown is at 2:45pm (WST). The game will be streamed live via the WACFL website at www.wacfl.com.au

For further information contact bsheridan@wafc.com.au