GRAEME Govan from High Wycombe Football Club is part of a 16-member team from WA set to compete in the AFL National Inclusion Carnival in Tasmania this week.
The players were chosen from the West Australian Amateur Football League (WAAFL) integrated football program.
The integrated football program has entered its eighth year of providing opportunities for players with intellectual disabilities to play AFL at their local club and in 2018 the introduction of North Beach and Willetton clubs has bolstered the program to nine competing teams and more than 200 players.
WAAFL integrated football program coordinator Greg Gilbee said the WAAFL was proud to select a WA State Team to participate at this year’s AFL National Inclusion Carnival.
“The 16 players will travel to Launceston on June 17 with play beginning on the 19th running through to the June 23 culminating with finals being played at the University of Tasmania ground prior to Hawthorn verse Gold Coast Suns,” he said.
“It’s a new look team comprising several first-time state representatives in twin brothers Alex and Brendan Indich from Fremantle CBC, Graeme Govan of the High Wycombe FC, Scott Crawford from Kingsway, Geoff Stewart and Tyler Gould of the Willetton Football Club.
“Our debutantes will be supported by returning state players and All Australians in Fillip Raneiri and David Hallows.”
Mr Gilbee said the team was being trained by state coach James Matkovich assisted by Dave Wright from Kingsway Football Club.
“The guys have bonded well and are keen and ready to take on all other states and territories in what will be a terrific week of mateship, supporting each other and enjoying hot competition in a rather chilly environment.’’