Katanning Clontarf Academy put in a top performance at last week’s Clontarf Great Southern Football Carnival in Albany.
Battling windy conditions and a rocky start to the competition, the young team emerged victorious.
Director of the academy Jarrod Chipperfield said the win was an example of the team’s resilience. “It was a great effort for a small academy and playing as a stand-alone outfit to defeat the larger and combined schools,” he said.
“We played teams from Albany’s Great Southern Academy, the South West Academy from Bunbury Yule Brooke/Northam combined and Coodanup (Mandurah)/Gilmore (Kwinana) and came away with the trophy.”
The boys lost their first match to Coodanup/Gilmore by five points but came back to defeat the Great Southern by 11 points and Yule Brooke/Northam by 19 points.
It meant the team had to not only win the last game but rely on Coodanup/Gilmore to get defeated.
The South West Academy took care of Coodanup/Gilmore by one point, meaning it was up to Katanning to beat South West Academy by 14 points to win the trophy. Despite not losing a match all day, the boys from Bunbury went down by 22 points.
Chipperfield said it was a well-deserved win. “The boys did not give up all day, it was a great performance,” he said.
“The conditions were quite windy, but the team stood their ground.”
The fairest and best honour for the Katanning team was given to James Farmer.