Dual Sturt premiership coach Marty Mattner will coach the West End State team against the WAFL in May next year.
Assuming the mantle from SA Football Hall of Famer Graham Cornes, Mattner will be looking to continue the Croweaters’ recent record of success in the cherished red guernsey.
Speaking on SANFL Radio, Mattner said he was eager to take the mantle for the clash against the Sandgropers at Adelaide Oval on the weekend of Saturday May 12.
Under Cornes, SA split its two matches with a loss to WA in Perth in 2015 and a victory against the VFL at Adelaide Oval in 2016.
The Sandgropers have been the West End State team’s most challenging rival in recent times, with the Black Swans the only team to defeat the Croweaters in the past decade, in 2015 by six goals and in 2009 by just one point.
Since returning to Unley from the Sydney Swans for the 2016 Macca’s League season, Mattner has done an exceptional job of rejuvenating the Double Blues.
The 2002 premiership defender has not only guided Sturt to the past two Macca’s League premierships – against the Eagles and Port – but also played a major role in taking a successful ”whole of club” approach to the structure at Oxford Terrace.
This resulted in Sturt winning the Macca’s League, Reserves and Torrens Uni U18 Cup titles in 2017.