Big day for black and gold

West Perth representatives Jay van Berlo, Andrew Strijk and Aaron Black. Picture: Belinda Pike
West Perth representatives Jay van Berlo, Andrew Strijk and Aaron Black. Picture: Belinda Pike

Over the past four or five years, the WAFL has been able to attract some quality personnel, whether it be ex-AFL players, interstate recruits or the elite development of our local footballers.

I’ve talked a lot about the improvement of Aaron Black and he was fantastic in the state game.

He has the potential to become a 200 gamer at West Perth, but there’s no reason why he couldn’t be picked up as a mature AFL recruit.

By the time he’s 23, he could be a 100-game WAFL player and AFL clubs are looking for that type of maturity now.

It was a solid effort from all our West Perth players in black and gold.

Andrew Strijk provided great rebound, he’s strong in the clinches and marks the ball well. Jay van Berlo was an unsung hero. He’s not someone who catches the eye with flashy play, but it was players like him and East Perth’s Craig Wulff ” with their hard inside work ” who helped set up the win.

Having represented WA during my playing days, I know how much it means to be able to pull on a state jumper.

It’s a fantastic opportunity and offers players, who don’t get a shot at the AFL, the chance to play next-level footy.

Guys like Tallan Ames and Kyle Hams, both from Swan Districts, fit this mould. It’s the pinnacle of what they can do at WAFL level.