In the fourth and final instalment of this series I'm having a look at what a potential Western Australian State of Origin team would look like. While I've chosen these teams in alphabetical order, it could be said that I've saved the best for last. In my opinion, if State of Origin were to return tomorrow, WA would beat any and every team pitted against them.
To start with, have a look at the key defensive posts. Alex Rance at full back and Harry Taylor at centre half back.
Then there's the forward line. Three of the top four goal kickers of 2015, Josh Kennedy, Lance Franklin and Eddie Betts feature in the starting 18. Alongside them is Nic Naitanui who can swap with Aaron Sandilands in the ruck. What sort of back line could combat that combination?
And, of course, the area where games are won and lost: the midfield. One Brownlow medallist in Matt Priddis, one potential Brownlow winner in Nat Fyfe, the pace of Stephen Hill and Lewis Jetta on the wings and the in and under work of Andrew Swallow in the centre. Rotating through the middle is the likely 2015 Rising Star, Patrick Cripps, along with Elliott Yeo, Chris Masten and Bradley Hill.
It could be argued that the fact that Fremantle and West Coast occupy the top two spots on the ladder is, in part, due to the local talent they have recruited. Combined, they have 12 players in the 22. Throw in Jetta and Franklin and 14 spots in the team are occupied by players from the top three teams on the ladder. No other team has more than one representative. My advice to recruiting staff at AFL clubs (and I know they would seek it) is to keep a close eye on the WA talent coming through. The mining boom is not limited to iron and coal.
B: Garrick Ibbotson (Fremantle) Alex Rance (Richmond) Jeremy McGovern (West Coast)
HB: Cale Hooker (Essendon) Harry Taylor (Geelong) Heritier Lumumba (Melbourne)
C: Stephen Hill (Fremantle) Andrew Swallow (Nth. Melb.) Lewis Jetta (Sydney)
HF: Mark LeCras (West Coast) Lance Franklin (Sydney) Josh Hill (West Coast)
F: Eddie Betts (Adelaide) Josh Kennedy (West Coast) Nic Naitanui (West Coast)
Foll: Aaron Sandilands (Fremantle) Matt Priddis (West Coast) Nat Fyfe (Fremantle)
Int: Bradley Hill (Hawthorn) Elliott Yeo (West Coast) Patrick Cripps (Carlton)
Chris Masten (West Coast)
Emer: Cam McCarthy (GWS Giants) Luke McPharlin (Fremantle) Clancee Pearce (Fremantle)
Jeff Garlett (Melbourne)