Newly appointed WAFL State team coach Cam Shepherd is hopeful the annual contest against South Australia still has a strong future.
Shepherd, who led Peel Thunder to two premierships in his nine-year tenure, has replaced Michael Broadbridge at the helm of WA after four years.
“I will try to make it an exciting and fun adventure for three or so weeks,” Shepherd said on his appointment.
“I will wait to see who is available, who has fronted up in good shape and go from there.
“All I know is in the past we’ve had a great rivalry between the two states and that has continued recently.
“I think it’s a wonderful vehicle for players who don’t achieve necessarily the ultimate of playing in premierships in the WAFL or the SANFL to do something a bit outside the box of the normal season.
“I am hopeful it has some good life in it yet.”
WAFC WAFL and talent executive manager Scott Baker said Shepherd brought “vast experience and in-depth knowledge about the WAFL competition”. “He has wonderful relationships with many senior people and coaches in club land which is a huge focus as we look to get them more involved in the program this year,” Baker said. “The WAFC would like to thank Michael for his terrific contribution as the state coach throughout his tenure. We are grateful for his enthusiasm and passion for State footy, it was first class. “We would also like to acknowledge and thank Geoff Valentine for stepping in as coach last year at late notice, in very challenging circumstances.” WA is scheduled to play South Australia on Sunday, May 15 at Optus Stadium as a curtain raiser to West Coast’s clash with Melbourne.