Trinity College’s domination of the WAFC Year 8/9 Schoolboys Cup came to end last Thursday afternoon at the hands of a determined Darling Range Sports College. In what has been described as one of the best games of Schoolboys football seen in recent times Darling Range came away victorious by 5 points. The contest was played at a frantic pace throughout with the margin never being more than two goals for the duration of the game. With scores level at three quarter time the game hung in the balance. The deadlock was broken with only 90 seconds left on the clock. In the end Darling Range hung on for a memorable victory. Final scores were Darling Range Sports College 6.8.44 def Trinity College 5.9.39
Since the competitions inception in 1983, the WAFC Year 8/9 Schoolboys Cup has grown to become WA’s premier lower school football competition with 4000 students from over 180 schools competing this year.
One of the major directions of the WA Football Commission and School Sport WA when the competition was established 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, endeavor and integrity are taught. Both teams demonstrated these qualities in a highly skilled display and in true sportsman’s like manner.
Clayton Anderson WAFC Schools Competitions Manager was on hand to present the WAFC Year 8/9 Schoolboys Cup and medallions to the players, coaches and umpires.
Jye Clements (Darling Range) and James Valentine (Trinity) were presented with the special WAFC footballs used in the match as recognition for being their school best players in the grand final. The Ross Davis Medal was awarded to Kyle Dougan from Darling Range Sports College for his outstanding contributions throughout the competition.
"The West Australian Football Commission greatly appreciates the support received from School Sport WA for the contribution of the WAFC Year 8/9 Schoolboys Cup. On behalf of the Commission I would also like to sincerely thank those teachers who gave up their time to coach a school football team in the 2011 WAFC Year 8/9 Schoolboys Cup competition" said Schools Completions Manager Clayton Anderson.
WAFC YEAR 8/9 SCHOOLBOYS CUP Grand Final
Darling Range Sports College - 1.3 2.5 4.6 6.8-44
Trinity College - 2.1 2.3 4.6 5.9-39
Best: Darling Range – Jye Clements
Trinity College – James Valentine
Ross Davis Medal – Kyle Dougan (Darling Range Sports College)