PERTH was once again the place to be for the WAFL Junior Country Football Championships held from July 12-15 with an abundance of talent on display from the Midlands football region.
The Perth FC Robert Wiley Country Academy with the support of the Midlands Regional Football Development Council and Perth Football Club compiled a squad of boys aged 14 and 15 years from within the Midlands region from as far away north as Dongara and south at York with the final team to represent the Perth football club country squad.
The players endured a tough weekend of football playing against East Fremantle, South Fremantle and Claremont country squads in good conditions.
The PFC Country Development Squad was extremely competitive over the three games and in the first game against East Fremantle the boys found themselves in a real battle and it was a game of inches all day.
The boys never gave in and showed some great heart to push East Fremantle right to the final siren to go down by 24 points.
The next game was played at Peet Park against Claremont on July 14 and with the players feeling more comfortable with each other’s game style the boys put on a fantastic exhibition of quality team football to run out winners by 59 points.
The final game was played at Brownes stadium, the Lathlain Park home of the Demons, and the boys came out firing and had numerous shots on goal but inaccurately landed only two goals for the quarter.
Team football was the order of the second quarter with the boys going in at half time with a 21 point lead.
After half time the boys turned it on and kicked four goals for the quarter and eventually ran out winners by 47 points.
The squad gained accolades for their dedication, sportsmanship and behaviour on and off the field and should be congratulated on their efforts and achievements.
All players gained a great deal from the carnival and the Midlands Regional Football Development Council looks forward to following all the players’ football progress.
Many thanks to the dedication of coach Milton Milloy and assistants in Daryl Sermon, Greg Hughes, Mike Hind, Ian McNeil, Murray Siegert and Mark Duperouzel.
Marryanne and Chelsea, the physios over the carnival, did a wonderful job and added a touch of professionalism to the squad program.
Also thanks goes to Perth FC for their continued support of the carnival.
East Fremantle 9.7 (61) def Perth 5.7 (37).
Perth best players: Dylan Simmons (Cervantes), Jayden Glover (Moora), Jerard Taylor (Northam), Kade Morton (Moora).
Perth 13.9 (87) def Claremont 4.4 (28).
Perth best players: Matthew Taylor (Gingin), Matthew Flint (Northam), Kade Morton (Moora), Josh Siegert (Goomalling).
Perth 12.14 (86) def South Fremantle 5.9 (39).
Perth best players: Kade Morton (Moora), Matthew Taylor (Gingin), Corey Ugle (Northam), Josh Siegert (Goomalling) .