WAFL stars eager for Tassie

Darren Harris coaching in last year’s WAFL state game against the SANFL.                Picture: Duncan Watkinson
Darren Harris coaching in last year’s WAFL state game against the SANFL.                Picture: Duncan Watkinson

SOUTH FREMANTLE has been rewarded for its stellar start to the season by having seven players picked in the WA squad to tackle Tasmania next month.

Bulldogs captain Ryan Cook is there, together with Blayne Wilson, Marlion Pickett, speedster Tim Kelly, half-back general Ashton Hams, power forward Ben Saunders and Zac Strom.

East Fremantle’s Matthew Watson joins Jamie McNamara, Brett Peake, George Hampson, Liam Anthony, Andrew Stephen and Brock O’Brien in the squad.

Coach Darren Harris, who marshalled the 44-point win over the SANFL 12 months ago, said he was excited by the talent on hand.

“There are so many WAFL players in great form at the moment and this has allowed us to put together a very strong list,” he said.

“We’ve gone with quite a large squad initially and can still add to that if players show outstanding form over the next few weeks.”

Harris said it was great to have such strong buy-in from players, considering the State game is not compulsory.

“We will end up with those players in our final side who really want to play for their state and deserve to, based on their form,” he said.

“That will give us the best opportunity for success against Tassie who will bring a very strong side.”

The side will train four times in the lead up to the game on June 11.