The game was a real physical affair with both sides putting their bodies on the line. Clontarf took an early lead of 26 points at half time and continued their good form after the break to run out winners by 42 points.
This year’s Grand Final was played for the first time as a post AFL match fixture under lights at Patersons Stadium following the West Coast v Brisbane Lions match.
The AFL SportsReady Cup competition is the largest upper secondary school football competition in WA, with 3250 students from over 130 metropolitan and country schools competing this year. Over the 24 years the competition has been running approximately 55,000 boys have participated.
One of the major directions of the WA Football Commission and School Sport WA when the competition was introduced was to re-establish Australian Rules Football into all Secondary Schools. Over the years football has provided the vehicle where values like loyalty, teamwork, respect, leadership, mateship, endeavour and integrity are taught. Both grand final teams demonstrated these qualities in a highly skilled display and true sportsman’s like manner.
Barry Cable, AFL Legend and WA Hall of Fame Member was on hand to present the AFL SportsReady Cup and medallions to the players, coaches and umpires.
Warrick Wilson (Clontarf) and Matthew Minervini (CBC) were presented with the special AFL SportsReady Cup footballs used in the match as recognition for being their school's best players in the grand final. The Rhys Kampen Memorial Medal was awarded to Kevin Renehan from Clontarf for his outstanding contributions throughout the competition.
WAFC Schools Competitions Manager Clayton Anderson said The West Australian Football Commission was extremely proud to have such dedicated program partners in AFL SportsReady and thanked them for their support in their first year as major sponsors.
"We look forward to their continued support in 2013," Mr Anderson said.
"Congratulations to all schools involved in this year’s program we also look forward to having them participate again next year.”
2012 AFL SportsReady Cup Grand Final Results:
Clontarf AC 7.11.(53) def CBC Fremantle 1.5 (11)
Mandurah CC 8.8.(56) def Warwick SHS 5.3.(33)
Albany SHS 9.6.(60) def Newton Moore SHS SC 5.6.(36)
B Division - WACOA Cunderdin 7.4.(46) def Manjimup SHS 6.1.(37)
C Division - Margaret River SHS 10.5.(65) def Busselton SHS 4.5.(29)
D Division - Narrogin SHS 8.4 (52) def Collie SHS 1.4 (10)