ACTION in the WAFL will be put to one side for the weekend but our best local footballers will still be on show when the WAFL state squad tackles the VFL at North Port Oval in Melbourne on Saturday.
South Fremantle has been rewarded for an impressive start to the year with four selections in the game while winless East Fremantle has one.
Bulldogs captain Ryan Cook will make his sixth appearance for WA, joined in the side by Tim Kelly, Haiden Schloithe and power forward Ben Saunders.
Jonathon Marsh’s successful return to East Fremantle from a stint at Collingwood has earned the big-bodied midfielder selection on Saturday.
A final squad of 24 players was selected following training on Wednesday, with Subiaco’s Kyal Horsley named State captain.
WA coach Michael Broadbridge believed he had assembled a balanced squad.
“We’ve been out watching players at the WAFL each week and all of the senior coaches have been very supportive and given us great feedback on which players are in form in the roles we need and who is most worthy of consideration,” he said.
“Overall, with the size of the ground at North Port, the opposition, and the chance it could be a bit slippery, means we’ve selected players with bigger bodies who are strong over the ball and strong at the contest, which we’ll look to compliment with a bit of flair.
“We’ve also looked at players who we think can adapt well, have some experience playing in the conditions against similar opposition and are mentally strong.”
Broadbridge will be joined in the box by Paul Johnson, Steve Malaxos, Clay McLernon and Garry Moss.
“Overall, we believe we have put together a really strong group of players and coaches for this contest,” he said.
The game will be televised on Channel 7 from 12pm Saturday.
Lakeside will open round 11 at home against East Perth tonight.
With the two teams among the mid-table logjam, Lakeside will be keen to get the points against the Eagles before a blockbuster clash with cross-town rivals Cockburn at Wally Hagan Stadium midday Sunday.
In the women’s division, fourth-placed Lakeside can climb higher up the ladder by winning its two fixtures over the weekend.
The Lightning will host East Perth at the Lakeside Recreation Centre at 6.30pm tonight before travelling to Hamilton Hill on Sunday to meet the Cougars.
Cockburn City can get back to winning ways when it travels to Macedonia Park to tackle Subiaco tomorrow.
Just a week after being knocked out of the FFA Cup by the Dianella White Eagles, mid-table Cockburn can begin to work its way back up the table against its hosts who are placed second last in the 14-team competition.
The match begins at 3pm.
Fremantle are in for a tough contest on Saturday when it plays the Westside Wolves.
The Wolves sit fourth on 18 points from 10 games, with the Magpies just one point behind in fifth position.
Play at Lemnos Field begins at 3.30pm.
In the women’s division, the winless Magpies will be out to turn their form around against the Wolves.
The Wolves have four points from six games and are also well off the pace.
Play, also at Lemnos Field, begins at 2pm