SANFL has today announced a 30-player West End State squad to tackle the WAFL at Optus Stadium in Perth on Sunday, May 12.
Featuring five players each from North Adelaide and South Adelaide, the Croweaters will be out to avenge last year’s 26-point loss to the Sandgropers at Adelaide Oval.
North Adelaide premiership coach Josh Carr will take charge of the SANFL side in 2019, replacing former Sturt senior coach Marty Mattner who was at the helm in 2018.
Triple Fos Williams Medallist and 2018 State captain Zane Kirkwood is among those named in the squad. The dual Magarey Medallist headlines a damaging midfield unit which also includes Norwood pair Mitch Grigg and Matt Panos, South Adelaide’s Joel Cross and Nick Liddle, Central District’s Travis Schiller and potential debutants Jordan Foote and Will Snelling.
Also among the list are Indigenous SANFL stars Dom Barry and Anthony Wilson from Norwood, along with Sturt’s Danyle Pearce who formerly played with Peel Thunder in the WAFL.
In the absence of injured Glenelg key forward Josh Scott (broken arm), for consideration in attack will be key forward Woodville-West Torrens’ Jack Hayes, along with known goal kickers Central District’s Justin Hoskin and Troy Menzel, West Adelaide’s Jonathan Beech, North Adelaide’s Lewis Hender and Woodville-West Torrens’ Jared Petrenko.
Heading up the backline are a list of quality contenders, including Jack Oatey Medallist Jack Stephens and South Adelaide co-captain Matt Rose with a host of quality defenders such as Glenelg pair Chris Curran and Max Proud, North Adelaide’s Tanner Smith and South Adelaide’s Joe Haines.
Carr will be joined by fellow SANFL senior coaches Jarrad Wright (South Adelaide) and Gavin Colville (West Adelaide) as assistants, together with past West End State skipper Paul Thomas, now an assistant coach with Adelaide’s State League team.
Training will commence on Tuesday, April 30 at Alberton Oval, with three sessions to be held before the final squad of 23, including one emergency, departs for Perth on Saturday, May 11.
The State clash will be a curtain-raiser to the AFL match between Fremantle and Richmond at the new 60,000-capacity stadium.
2019 West End State Squad