Tony Notte, Justin Simpson, Matt Riggio in line for a place in WA game against Tasmania


Swan Districts star Justin Simpson is in line to be picked for a place in the WA state game against Tasmania.
Swan Districts star Justin Simpson is in line to be picked for a place in the WA state game against Tasmania.

THREE Swan Districts Football Club players have been selected in a 41-man squad for Western Australia’s state game against Tasmania on June 11 at Bassendean Oval.

Stars Tony Notte, Justin Simpson and Matt Riggio are in line to be picked for the final 22.

West Australian Football Commission media manager Steve Tuohey said venues for state games changed each year.

“We aim to take the game to different venues each year so people at that club can benefit from hosting the game,” he said.

Tuohey said Swan Districts would receive earnings from hosting luncheons, catering, food and beverage sales.

WA coach Darren Harris said he expected the team to do their best.

“There will be three or four players from their own team and when they come together we want to make sure that they are very much a team,” Harris said.

“They share and look after each other, that way we can get our best result.

“Last year they turned up and they really played for their State, they really had a crack.”

Harris, a former West Perth premiership coach, said the squad had a good mix of players.

“We have got a 19-year-old in Darcy Cameron, we have got young Luke Meadows from West Perth and then you go all the way up where you got Peake from East Fremantle who is 33,” he said.

“We have tried to pick the team based on form.”

He said the Black Ducks were great servants of their WAFL club, which had a “hard” season so far.

“Tony Notte continues to play a number of positions for them and you look at Justin Simpson and Matt Riggio – both have been fantastic servants of their club,” he said.

“Justin last year was really important to us against South Australia where he played as an extra defender.

“They will be in the mix to play this time around.”

The former West Coast and Carlton assistant coach said he was coaching a Year 9 team but would never rule out potentially coaching again.