Exports make State squad
Wednesday, 25th May, 2016
By Peter Argent
Two of Broken Hill’s recent exports, Lachlan McGregor and Mitchell Clisby, have won positions in the final squad of 25 for the SA State league clash against the VFL.
Clisby, the captain of North Adelaide this season, is among 17 of the players who could make their debut in the State team after selectors finalised a squad for the contest to be held at Adelaide Oval on Sunday.
He is also among nine players in the squad who have previously played at AFL level in the squad.
McGregor made his first state-league appearance in the SA tri-colours last year in the match in Perth against the WAFL.
“We’ve picking players to play position-specific roles,” said State team Chairman of Selectors Stephen Rowe.
“Pure speed and ball-carrying ability is a feature of the final squad with the likes of Norwood premiership wingman Anthony Wilson, Glenelg livewire Willie Rioli and Eagles’ goal sneak Lachlan McGregor providing plenty of pace.”
Clisby, 26, has now played representative Under 16, 18s, 20s and now senior level.
“It is pretty exciting. It will sink in a bit more as the training amps up during the week,” Clisby told the BDT. “To represent SA at the highest level is a big honour.
“I represented NSW at both Under 16 and Under 18, playing alongside Taylor Walker, Luke Breust, Taylor Duryea and Craig Bird.
“I also played for the SA under 20s match with current state member James Boyd, along with Matt Jaensch, Jay Shannon, Ben Nason and Jono Beech at Prospect Oval in 2009.
“This is my first league appearance for a senior state team.”
McGregor said the Broken Hill pair had spoken about playing together for the first time in 15 years
“We had a chat a couple days ago about playing together at Burke Ward Public School,” McGregor said. “It will be great to play alongside each other again.
“The team is also looking forward to a bit of redemption after last year’s loss to the WAFL boys.
“There were too many inside midfielders on the expanses of the big WA grounds.
“This clash on Sunday should be more of a contested ball game.
“It will be good to grab a victory against the Vics.”
McGregor has played four games this year, between injuries. His Friday night, May 6 performance against Glenelg where he kicked four goals was a brilliant match-winning effort.
Clibsy, in his first year as skipper has been a consistent performer across half back for a developing Roosters’ outfit.
Last Sunday, in the frustrating loss to Sturt where North led at all the minor intervals, Clisby was high among the game’s best players.
The game on Sunday will start a 1.40pm.