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FOUR FALCONS TO TAKE ON BIG V FOR WA

Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 2:04 AM
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WEST Perth foursome Aaron Black, Rohan Kerr, Jay van Berlo and Andrew Strijk are all in line to represent Western Australia against Victoria in Saturday's State game in Northam.

While Steven Browne and Shane Nelson were unlucky to be left out of the final squad of 25 that was named for Saturday's clash pitting the best of the WAFL against the cream of the VFL, the four West Perth stars still in the squad all head into the game in outstanding form.

Black, Kerr, van Berlo and Strijk are all big reasons why West Perth heads into this double-bye with a 5-2 record to have the second half of the season set up nicely.

Providing all four are included in the final 22, or 23, it will be the State debut for Black, Kerr and van Berlo and a third appearance for Strijk who played in the win over South Australia in 2009 and then loss to Victoria in 2010.

Black continues to emerge as one of the brightest young wingmen and midfielders in the competition continuing on from where he left off in 2012 to have a brilliant start to 2013 so far.

The 20-year-old is averaging over 26 possessions a game to date including another 32 in last Saturday's win over East Fremantle Oval. His consistency is tremendously impressive as well with him racking up at least 21 disposals in every game so far this year.

Kerr has made an immediate impact since arriving at West Perth this season after time with Carlton in the AFL where he played plenty of good VFL football along the way.

He has settled into a role across half-forward with some stints through the middle and done a tremendous job so far averaging almost 21 possessions a game including an equal-high of 29 last week against the Sharks.

The 21-year-old has also kicked 12 goals in the seven games including six in Round 5 against Peel Thunder and another three last Saturday against East Fremantle.

Van Berlo has returned to the Falcons full-time this season after 32 games in four years with the Fremantle Dockers.

The 2008 Breckler Medal winner has thrown himself back in seamlessly with the Falcons mostly in the midfield where is proficient at both playing an attacking, ball-winning role and also playing a lockdown role on a dangerous opponent when required. 

Like van Berlo, Strijk returns full-time to West Perth this season after 13 games in three years while listed with the West Coast Eagles.

The 25-year-old veteran now of 119 WAFL games has found himself in a new role across half-back so far this season as well and it's suited him perfectly allowing him the chance to use his natural ball-winning and kicking skills to set up play off the half-back line.

WEST Perth foursome Aaron Black, Rohan Kerr, Jay van Berlo and Andrew Strijk are all in line to represent Western Australia against Victoria in Saturday's State game in Northam.
While Steven Browne and Shane Nelson were unlucky to be left out of the final squad of 25 that was named for Saturday's clash pitting the best of the WAFL against the cream of the VFL, the four West Perth stars still in the squad all head into the game in outstanding form.
Black, Kerr, van Berlo and Strijk are all big reasons why West Perth heads into this double-bye with a 5-2 record to have the second half of the season set up nicely.
Providing all four are included in the final 22, or 23, it will be the State debut for Black, Kerr and van Berlo and a third appearance for Strijk who played in the win over South Australia in 2009 and then loss to Victoria in 2010.
Black continues to emerge as one of the brightest young wingmen and midfielders in the competition continuing on from where he left off in 2012 to have a brilliant start to 2013 so far.
The 20-year-old is averaging over 26 possessions a game to date including another 32 in last Saturday's win over East Fremantle Oval. His consistency is tremendously impressive as well with him racking up at least 21 disposals in every game so far this year.
Kerr has made an immediate impact since arriving at West Perth this season after time with Carlton in the AFL where he played plenty of good VFL football along the way.
He has settled into a role across half-forward with some stints through the middle and done a tremendous job so far averaging almost 21 possessions a game including an equal-high of 29 last week against the Sharks.
The 21-year-old has also kicked 12 goals in the seven games including six in Round 5 against Peel Thunder and another three last Saturday against East Fremantle.
Van Berlo has returned to the Falcons full-time this season after 32 games in four years with the Fremantle Dockers.
The 2008 Breckler Medal winner has thrown himself back in seamlessly with the Falcons mostly in the midfield where is proficient at both playing an attacking, ball-winning role and also playing a lockdown role on a dangerous opponent when required. 
Like van Berlo, Strijk returns full-time to West Perth this season after 13 games in three years while listed with the West Coast Eagles.
The 25-year-old veteran now of 119 WAFL games has found himself in a new role across half-back so far this season as well and it's suited him perfectly allowing him the chance to use his natural ball-winning and kicking skills to set up play off the half-back line.

2013 WAFL STATE SQUAD

Claremont – David Crawford, Jake Murphy, Ryan Neates, Ian Richardson

East Fremantle – Steven Dodd, Rory O’Brien, Andrew Stephen

East Perth – Paul Johnson (C), Brendan Lee, Craig Wulff

Peel Thunder – Paul Bower, Marlon Motlop

Perth – Paul Bevan (VC), Brennan Stack

Subiaco – Jarrod Kayler-Thomson, Brett Mahoney, Clancy Wheeler

Swan Districts – Tallen Ames, Tim Geappen, Kyle Hams, Wayde Twomey

West Perth – Aaron Black, Rohan Kerr, Andrew Strijk, Jay Van Berlo

SATURDAY 11 MAY

Henry Street Oval - Northam

WAFL vs VFL

12:10pm (WST)

Live radio coverage of the state game will be broadcast by Sport FM 91.3 and RadioWest Northam 864 AM.

ABC TV will broadcast the game from 2:00pm (WST)

Live Stats:

http://www.wafl.com.au/games/view/9700

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