Coach Jason Cotter and his match committee will make a final decision on the Queensland team as late as tomorrow morning for the clash against WA in Mandurah.

Cotter said a forecast for wet weather was just one of the factors when picking a starting 22, with former Swan Districts forward Josh Pullman facing a nervous wait after being named as an emergency.

"We've just got to have a look at the conditions that prevail," Cotter said yesterday.

"We want to leave our selection flexible up until game time. Weather is only one of the factors and we want to see how everyone travels."

Weather conditions, specifically a volcanic ash cloud from Chile's Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano, had put the game in doubt on Wednesday.

Cotter, who guided Queensland to a stunning 79-point win over Tasmania on the Gold Coast last year, breathed a sigh of relief yesterday when it was confirmed his team's flight would leave on time this morning for tomorrow's game.

He said the match was a wonderful opportunity for players in his side to showcase their talents.

"I know if I was a player I'd be desperate to play in a game like this," he said. "Guys like Rohan Bail (Melbourne), Daniel Stewart (Port Adelaide), Broc McCauley and Claye Beams (Brisbane) are playing AFL footy partly because of what they did for Queensland at interstate level.

"Even before that Sam Gilbert (St Kilda) got his big break after playing in a Queensland under-21 side.

"It's all about opportunity and that's why we are so keen to play these games."

A 188-game rover with the powerhouse Southport club, Cotter won the Queensland league's best-and-fairest medal twice, was a six-times premiership player, three-times premiership coach and played for Queensland 12 times. State coach since 2007, he was in charge when Queensland lost to WA by 73 points in Townsville in 2008.

He said the Queensland squad, which included former Brisbane midfielder Albert Proud and ex-Fremantle rookie-list member Chris Smith, had been picked on a "form and need" basis.

AFL rookie-list members Joel Tippett and Jake Crawford (Gold Coast) and Niall McKeever (Brisbane) were included in the 25.

"We know that's what we'll get from the WA boys - strong bodies and a lot of counterattack and run off the half-back line - and we've got to match them in that," he said.

The West Australian

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