Bumann primed for State showdown

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Kane Bumann is one of four SWFL players who will represent WA Country on Saturday in Perth.
Camera IconKane Bumann is one of four SWFL players who will represent WA Country on Saturday in Perth.

New Holland WA State Country coach Craig Walker believes his side has a great opportunity to knock off South Australia at Optus Stadium on Saturday.

In addition, the WA Country boss is tipping his four SWFL products — Kane Bumann (Bunbury), Graham Jetta (Eaton Boomers), Sam Read and Rory O’Brien (Carey Park) could have a major say in proceedings.

Bumann’s place in the side is a tremendous story, considering his rise as one of the best defenders in regional WA.

“Kane is a very interesting sort of backman,” Walker said.

“He plays very much like a Jeremy McGovern-type of role. But what we really love about Kane is that he doesn’t get drawn to the ball.

“Plenty of fullbacks love to run off and be creative, but Kane is a very smart footballer with his positioning.

“He came to us through the colts and has been unlucky not to make the side in the past. He’s got his opportunity purely on his decision making, which I think is as good as any footballer you’ll find in any country league or even WAFL side.”

Walker is also excited about what Panthers defender Sam Read will bring to the State backline.

“Sam doesn’t come with a big name or reputation but he does a big job,” Walker said.

“He does his role. He can play small or big, but again, we are not all about the hype. We don’t necessarily want the highest profile player, we want the guy who is prepared to do his job.

“His versatility has been rewarded with State selection.”

Having faced the Croweaters on several occasions at this level, Walker and his coaching staff are well versed about what they could deliver.

“They roll off in numbers off halfback,” he said.

“I think it’s something which has been taught in their community football from a fairly young age.

“They are very aggressive in that particular nature and their run through the midfield is very good.”

Bounce-down is at 11.50am on Saturday.

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