Firstly, let me congratulate both John Noble and Will Snelling on their selection in the mid-season draft last night. Both of these young men have represented our club and themselves extremely well during the season so far and deserve their chance at the next level. They are quality people and will be sorely missed at Westies.
Secondly, I’d like all members to know that Westies stand with all SANFL clubs in firm opposition to the mid-season draft. We have repeatedly made the point that this has significant effect on our club, our members, our supporters and all involved at Westies. Unfortunately, that information has not been enough to change the decision and we now face the rest of the season without two key components of our team who have been part of the planning for season 2019 since well before the season commenced.
Our challenge now is to continue to find improvement and not let these setbacks define us. Our coach, the players and the club as a whole are committed to doing everything possible to drive Westies forward for the remainder of season 2019. We should be proud of the fact that our club has produced two players worthy of selection into an AFL club and wish them both the best in the next phase of their career.