Peel Thunder players in WAFL State Squad

Blair Bell.
Blair Bell.

THREE Peel Thunder players have been selected in the Kia WAFL State Squad.

Blair Bell, Jackson Merrett and Gerald Ugle are vying with 28 players for the 2019 state game against South Australia.

The game will be played at Optus Stadium on Sunday, May 12 ,as a curtain-raiser to the Fremantle v Richmond AFL game.

Jackson Merrett.

WAFL state coach Michael Broadbridge, who led WA to historic wins over the SANFL in Adelaide last year and VFL in Melbourne in 2017, will be at the helm.

WA’s win against South Australia last year was the first in Adelaide since 1994, while the 2017 win over the VFL was the first for a WA team on Victorian soil in 113 years.

Broadbridge said he was looking forward to the opportunity of extending WA’s successful record and had selected a strong squad based on the performance of players in the first four rounds of the WAFL season.

“We are very keen to extend WA’s unbeaten run in state games to a seventh year and think we’ve got a really good group of talented players who have state, WAFL and AFL experience,” he said.

“We will be keeping a close eye on games this weekend before finalising the squad and may still include players that grab our attention or we think can fulfil a specific role.”

Gerald Ugle.

Broadbridge said the game would also be a great chance for players to experience playing at Optus Stadium and contribute to making the venue a fortress for WA football.

“Playing the game at Optus Stadium as an AFL curtain raiser is a great opportunity not only for the players but the coaches and support staff involved with both teams who will get to experience the world-class facilities,” he said.

“We also want to help Fremantle and West Coast maintain Optus Stadium as a fortress for WA football by being the first senior state team to win at the ground.”