Sinclair Becomes Black Swan
- Thursday, 24 May 2012
Sinclair takes a mark against Swan Districts. His work across half-forward for the Lions, particularly his strong marking has been a feature. PHOTO: Cam Wedemeyer SUBIACO / twenty5six.com
SUBIACO recruit and Victoria native Callum Sinclair will make his debut in the Western Australian state team this weekend against South Australia.
Sinclair will be joined by his Lions captain Aidan Parker and coach Chris Waterman.
It will be Parker’s fifth time in the state team while Waterman will return to familiar territory in what will be his third year and second stint as state team coach.
Waterman took the reins in 2004 and 2005 while working as an assistant coach at Fremantle.
Sinclair, who arrived at Subiaco in 2012 from Port Melbourne after narrowly missing being drafted to the AFL earlier in his career, said he was looking forward to playing a state game irrespective of it being for Western Australian side.
“No, not really,” Sinclair said when asked if it would be unusual to play for the Black Swans.
“I wouldn’t say it feels weird, I would say it will be different. I’ve never played at state level in Victoria.
“To be selected for any state is a great thrill and I just feel lucky I got selected.
“It’s not something I probably would have expected to have played in when I first got here but I’m looking forward to the opportunity.
“I’ve always wanted to play the highest standard I can and an opportunity at state level this year has got to be a big highlight of my footy so far.”
200-gamer Parker has been a standout for Subiaco in the first half of the season averaging 23 possessions a game in defense.
Both Parker and Sinclair have played all ten of Subiaco’s games so far this season including their inaugural FOXTEL Cup fixture.
Sinclair has booted 17 goals and averaged just under seven hitouts a game from time split between half-forward and the ruck.
“I’d probably say I’ve been more consistent that in previous years. I’ve had two years of pretty nasty injuries so that has affected my performance pretty heavily,” Sinclair said.
“I was able to put in a full pre-season so doing that has helped me with my footy this year but it is only the first half.”
“I’ve only been at Subiaco a short amount of time but I’ve already developed the utmost respect for Aidan Parker. I’ve really enjoyed playing with him this year I’m looking forward to playing with him this weekend once again.”
Western Australia won last year’s state game in a thriller against Queensland.
16.17 (113) to 16.11 (107) the final score.
Waterman’s coaching staff for this year’s clash includes first year Claremont coach Marc Webb, David Hynes from East Perth and Subiaco’s Paul Peos.
STATE SQUAD:Luke Blackwell, Tom Lee, Paul Medhurst, Kane Mitchell, Jake Murphy, Ian Richardson, Trinity Handley (Claremont); Ryan Cook, Andrew McCarrey (South Fremantle); Leon Davis (Perth); Steven Dodd, Max Duffy, Andrew Stephen (East Fremantle); Dion Fleay, Dan Hunt, Mark Hutchings (West Perth); Kyle Hams, Josh Roberts (Swan Districts); Brad Holmes, Kristin Thornton (Peel); Paul Johnson, Garry Moss, Josh Smith, Craig Wulff (East Perth); Aidan Parker, Callum Sinclair (Subiaco).