Football: Former Claremont and AFL assistant coach Michael Broadbridge named WAFL State coach for State Game against VFL

Football: Former Claremont and AFL assistant coach Michael Broadbridge named WAFL State coach for State Game against VFL

FORMER Claremont and AFL assistant coach Michael Broadbridge has been appointed WAFL State coach for this year’s State Game against the Victorian Football League at North Port Oval on May 27.

Broadbridge, who has previously represented Western Australia as a player and a coach, said he was looking forward to another opportunity to be involved with state football.

“I am thrilled to be offered the role of WAFL state coach for this year’s game against Victoria,” he said.

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“I look back on my previous involvements at state level as highlights in my football career.

“To take a senior state team across to Victoria represents the ultimate challenge and it is one that I am already looking forward to.”

WAFC football operations executive manager Jon Haines said that securing a state coach of Broadbridge’s experience was a great outcome for the WAFL as it prepared to take on the VFL.

“All nine WAFL clubs have supported the appointment of an independent coach over the last few seasons and it’s terrific we have someone of Michael’s calibre to take on the role this year,” Mr Haines said.

“He is highly regarded at all levels of the game and I believe that he will provide the players and staff with an outstanding preparation for what promises to be an exciting showcase of state football.”

WAFL state team assistant coaches will be appointed over the coming months and South Fremantle Football Club will provide support staff for the 2017 State Game.