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14 Mar 2012

Woodville-West Torrens premiership coach Michael Godden has been named senior coach of the West End South Australian State Team to compete against Western Australia this May.

Michael is the first current SANFL coach to take on State duties since Central District coach Alastair Clarkson led South Australia to victory against WA in 2003.

He previously served as assistant coach under Darel Hart for the 2009 West End State Game.

SANFL General Manager – Football & Corporate Operations Darren Chandler said Michael had been a strong candidate for the role.

“Michael has an outstanding coaching record at League level and a real commitment to State footy,” he said.

“There’s no doubt he will take up the reins as State coach with the same dedication and professionalism that he demonstrates in his role at the Eagles.”

Michael said he looked forward to leading the South Australian side into the West End State Game, which is scheduled for Saturday, May 26 at Gliderol Stadium, Glenelg.

“It’s a great honour to be coaching the State side and I’m excited about the opportunity to work with a team featuring the cream of the crop from our SANFL ranks,” he said.

“The last time we met Western Australia, we lost by the narrowest of margins so I’ll be working extremely hard to get South Australia back on top this time around.”

In liaison with the new State Coach, the SANFL will select the State support team within the next week, including the Chairman of Selectors and Assistant Coaches.

Since 1991, SA has competed in 17 State matches with a 11-6 win-loss ratio. Its most recent State Game in 2009 was played in Perth and resulted in a one-point defeat by Western Australia.

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