State 18 players to feature in Demons’ venture south

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Elijah Taylor in action for WA, he will play for Perth in their Albany colts clash with Claremont on Saturday.
Camera IconElijah Taylor in action for WA, he will play for Perth in their Albany colts clash with Claremont on Saturday. Credit: Michael Dodge/AFL Photos via Getty Images

Perth will bring a strong colts squad featuring four State 18 players to Albany in their bid to upset Claremont in the special regional WAFL clash at Centennial Stadium on Saturday.

The Demons, coached by Michael Pratt, are seventh on the ladder and a win would boost their finals hopes, having snapped a five-game losing streak last Saturday.

Four of the five Demons players that were part of the successful under-18 national championship campaign will play in Albany, but WA skipper and highly rated draft prospect Deven Robertson will miss the match through injury.

Robertson, who hails from Northam, won the Larke Medal as the best player at the under-18 national championships.

He broke the carnival record for the most disposals in a four-game championship after averaging 30 disposals in WA’s title victory.

However, a minor shoulder injury will keep him out of the Demons side on Saturday.

Fellow Northam product Nathan O’Driscoll will feature for the Demons along with country-zoned played Regan Clarke, exciting talent Elijah Taylor and underage State 18s representative Logan McDonald.

Regan Clarke of WA celebrates a goal.
Camera IconRegan Clarke of WA celebrates a goal. Credit: Dylan Burns/AFL Photos

Clarke broke a 10-year national under-18 championship title drought with the last kick of the game against Vic Country, nailing a set shot 40m out to hand WA a thrilling five-point earlier this month.

Demons football operations manager Dale Ballantyne said his club were pleased to be part of the regional venture and were looking forward to showcasing their talented State 18s contingent.

“This is our second regional game,” Ballantyne said.

“We went up to Geraldton earlier in the year to play East Freo.

“From an operational side of things it can be tough, but we really happy to come down and are in full support of what the commission want to do with these country games. We’ll support it this year and take it out to our country area next year.”

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