SWAN Districts coach Greg Harding hopes all six of his club’s players selected in the extended WA team ahead of the State game against Victoria make the final cut.
Captain Tallan Ames, who has played three State games, key forward Tony Notte (one game) and two-time best and fairest winner Matt Riggio (two games) are in line to pull on the black and gold once more.
Forward Ricky Cary, new recruit Corey Gault and small defender Kirk Ugle also made in the squad.
Harding said the selections came on the back of a strong start to the season; Swans are third on the WAFL ladder.
“It is just a good opportunity and a good chance to play in the (State) competition,” he said.
“Given that this is such an important fixture for the state, I don’t think we have beaten Victoria in about 70 years in Victoria.
“I hope that all of them get an opportunity but that is pretty unlikely.”
Harding said he wanted to see his players’ good form rewarded.
“Gaulty (Corey Gault) has been in fantastic form through the ruck and up forward so his versatility has been really important,” he said.
“Ricky Cary has been in superb form on the back of hard work and quality inside 50s…I think he has been in as strong of form as any other key forward going around.
“Kirk Ugle has been one of the best small defenders and is in career-best form.”
Harding hoped Ames, who recently played his 250th game, could would be selected for his fourth State game.
“It would be great if he can play because he is getting on and he won’t have many more opportunities to play,” he said.
“He has been a great servant of State footy,” he said.
“It is a really important game and a great opportunity so it would be great for Tallan to have one last crack.”
WA takes on Victoria in Melbourne on May 27.