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Harris ticks off another goal following strong State debut

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - 1:30 PM by Matt Paddick

Subiaco midfielder Chad Harris' remarkable rise continued over the weekend, putting in an impressive debut performance for the WAFL state team over the weekend.

One of five Lions to represent WA against the SANFL, the wingman gathered 21 disposals and six marks on the weekend, in an effort which had him in the votes for the Simpson Medal.

Harris said despite the loss, he felt comfortable among some of the best state league players across the country.

“Halfway through the second quarter I was out there just taking it all in,” he said.

“Playing with some of the best players in the WAFL, I just enjoyed my time out there.”

When asked about his selection in the side, Harris said it was a goal of his to represent WA.

After a premiership in his debut season, he sat down with coach Beau Wardman and set some targets for season 2022, one of which was a maiden state berth.

The 23-year-old said his speed helped him adjust to a higher level.

“I feel like each level of footy you go up, it just gets faster and faster,” Harris said.

“I knew I could play at a high level, and I was really happy I ticked that box.”

While the game featured a plethora of former AFL talent on both sides, there were plenty of players making their state debuts.

Harris said his development over the past 12 months allowed him to handle the pressure of the occasion.

“You just have to go out there and play the way you know how to play,” he said.

“I used to be really nervous playing WAFL games, so I think Beau and the club have really helped me develop.

“You have to play to your strengths, and I thought I was able to do that.”

During the game, the Victorian native felt he was able to use the width at Optus Stadium to his advantage.

He said the experience would hold him in good stead going forward.

Harris spoke highly of the teammates he played with, saying he was able to bond and form strong relationships in the short time the group was together.

Subiaco had other strong performers in the four-point loss to South Australia.

State captain Leigh Kitchin was awarded the Simpson Medal for the best WA player on the ground, collecting 30 disposals and eight inside 50s.

Forward Ben Sokol also looked threatening whenever the ball came his way, kicking two goals from 10 touches.

Lachlan Delahunty had 11 disposals and seven hit outs in his sixth state game, while Stefan Giro made his WA debut, gathering 16 possessions.