Bennell eyes State debut

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Perth’s Michael Bennell, left, has been included in the WA State squad.
Camera IconPerth’s Michael Bennell, left, has been included in the WA State squad. Credit: Jackson Flindell

Albany product Michael Bennell is firming to make his State debut in Sunday’s clash against the South Australian National Football League at Optus Stadium after being added to the WA squad this week.

Bennell starred for his WAFL club Perth last Saturday, booting four goals from nine disposals and laying five tackles as WA coach Michael Broadbridge watched from the stands.

His performance was enough to earn a call-up into the WA squad along with teammate Michael Sinclair on Tuesday and the livewire forward appears a strong chance to feature in the final team.

The 25-year-old highlight reel has booted 14.3 in five matches this season to sit second on the WAFL leading goal-kicker standings.

Joining the Demons last year, Bennell was dominant at reserves level before getting a shot in the league side and he never looked back, kicking 26 goals in 11 games to be one of the revelations of the season.

A State debut for Bennell would continue his brilliant rise to prominence, having booted 11 goals in the Sharks’ first-ever win in 2015.

Bennell harbours ambitions to play in the AFL and is certainly on the radar of AFL teams in the upcoming mid-season draft.

Fellow Great Southern products Angus Litherland and Declan Mountford are also in the WA squad.

Litherland has previously represented WA while Mountford will be aiming to play in his first senior State game as WA strive for a seventh straight State game success.

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