West Adelaide look to debut 8 players for our round 1 clash against Glenelg!
2021 new recruits Josh Gore (Gold Coast Academy), Kieran Lovell (Kingborough Tigers), Mitchell Maguire (Canberra Demons) and Tom Murphy (North Melbourne) will make their league debut for West Adelaide as well as Luke Redfern (Coolamon Rovers) who has been named on the bench.
Joel Stevens will also make his debut for the Bloods after impressing in our three trial games. Joel was runner up for the Reserves Best and Fairest in 2020 and has gone from strength to strength during pre- season.
West Adelaide junior Angus Rana will play his first league game in the ruck. Angus came through our junior program and is originally from Goodwood Saints Football Club.
Our 2020 Reserves Leading Goal Kicker Matt McKenzie will have his first opportunity in the league side this Good Friday. The tall forward showcased his impressive marking and goal kicking skills in 2020 and has had a strong few trial games which has earned him a spot in the league side.
Jono Beech will line up at center half forward after returning to the Bloods after a year away from football. He booted four goals in his second trial game back against Norwood.
Senior Coach Brad Gotch spoke about last weeks trial game saying, “it was not the result we were expecting last week but we still got plenty out of the game with 6 of our 7 leaders not playing.”
“We were able to trial the likes of Redfern, Dunkin, Cleeland and Taylor which was worthwhile.”
“We were also able to try some different structures and strategies to possibly use in the future.“
“Our GPS got a working over too which can only help us from a fitness perspective. I thought the back line battled really hard all game against the tide.”
“This week it is all systems go with Beechy, Hilly and Josh Ryan all back after a freshen up plus we will play 8 other potential debutants that have all earned their spots in the past 3 weeks.”
“I expect a West Adelaide team to turn out this Friday very competitive and team focused to make the Westies supporters proud of their first up effort which hopefully results in a win!”
We wish our players who are making their debut all the best in their first game for the club.
Our players will be wearing black arm bands this Friday in memory of Brian Faehse and Vilmos Milisits.
If you are unable to make the game you can watch on the SANFL Digital Pass
Please note the changes in ticket prices below.
Where can I buy match day tickets?
Match day tickets are now available online here. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate from 12:30pm, and entry is free for all under 18s.
Please note, there has been a minor increase to ticket prices across the SANFL clubs:
AT THE GATE
Our reserves play their first game under coach and past player Ryan Anderson. Teams are below.
C.Allan, E.Allan, Anderson, Babic, Batley, Chamberlain, Elliot, C.Fairlie, P.Fairlie, Fejo, Gordon, J.Johnson, Kirk, Laudato, Levicki, Meline, Morrish, Rundle, Sherlock, Steele, Taverner, Taylor & Wilson