This initiative, supported by all Western Australian Football League (WAFL) clubs and the WA Football Commission, celebrates the contribution of players with Italian heritage to Australia's national game.
The shortlist features players from some of WA's most notable AFL families including the Matera brothers as well as pioneering players from the early 1950s and 1960s.
South Fremantle and West Perth are the best represented WAFL clubs on the list, and 16 of the current 18 AFL clubs are represented by at least one player, demonstrating the positive contribution WA players have had across the country to Australian football.
The final list of 23 of Western Australia's greatest players with Italian heritage over the past 100 years will be revealed at a gala event at Optus Stadium in May.
Proceeds of the event will be donated to Telethon.