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The State League season kicks off on Saturday April 8.
All Flags State League Season Preview
Football West News
The All Flags State League Division One season kicks off this weekend, and if the Night Series is anything to go by, we will see some entertaining football in 2017.
South West Phoenix will go into the season on a high after winning the Night Series final 3-0 against Forrestfield United.
The Bunbury-based club have a new coach at the helm, with former Bayswater City and Perth SC coach Mauro Marchione taking control.
The team were undefeated in the Night Series with Italian striker Nicola Gazzola starring in front of goal, and they will be striving to return to the top.
Forrestfield United are also on the rise, building for the future with a new grandstand and upgrades to their facilities. There has also been an upgrade on the pitch, with coach Rod Banjac assembling a strong squad to put them in the mix for title.
Former Perth Glory youth duo Mark Barnett and Slobodan Vulin will be vital, while former Perth SC keeper Luke Martino will pin a tight defence.
Former Socceroo Robbie Dunn’s Dianella White Eagles will be another team looking for improvement on last season. Dianella needed a play-off to keep their spot in the division, but Dunn has added some experience to the young side and a strong Night Series performance bodes well.
Angel Andres has returned to the club after a year in the NPL with Cockburn City, while skipper Bojan Radinovic will be leading the young side.
Western Knights won the Premier League titles in 1998 and 2004 and will be looking to return to top spot for the first time since their relegation in 2012.
Coach Trim Morgan has the responsibility of bringing success back to the Nash Field club, and he has some talent at his disposal with Adriano Jelenovic and Paul Lloyd continuing to impress.
Rockingham City’s first season in the division was successful as they finished a creditable seventh, and coach Rob Crerar will be looking for more of the same from his side in 2017. UWA-Nedlands finished eighth last season in their fourth year in the division.
There are a number of new coaches in the league this season, with former players Matt Wardle and Alan Dunlop taking charge of Ashfield and Gosnells City respectively. Canning City will also have a new man in charge with Paul McCue taking over from Paul Oliver, who has moved to the Presidency of the club.
Newly-promoted Fremantle City and Joondalup City take their place in the division for the first time. Fremantle will be a side to watch in 2017 after racing through last years’ Division Two season losing only once under the tutelage of Steve Plucknett.
Click here for a State League Division Two season preview.