Colts revel in rags-to-riches fairy­tale

Canning Times - - SPORT -

CAN­NING Vale Se­nior Foot­ball Club’s colts side have been named the Western Aus­tralian Am­a­teur Foot­ball League (WAAFL) Team of the Year af­ter an as­ton­ish­ing un­de­feated sea­son.

The side won all 16 reg­u­lar sea­son games be­fore they ad­vanced to the grand fi­nal, where they over­came a tough Gos­nells out­fit to claim vic­tory.

The ti­tle marked the end of a fairy­tale rags-to-riches story, as their pre­mier­ship came just a year af­ter the team had been forced to dis­band due to low num­bers.

To add ic­ing on the cake, coach Dar­ren Brealey was named the WAAFL Coach of the Year and cap­tain Scott Price won the As­so­ci­a­tion Medal for the fairest and best player in their league.

Brealey said it was “sur­real” to win the award and paid trib­ute to his team and as­sis­tant coaches An­drew Fee and Tony New­man for their ef­forts.

“I’m ex­tremely proud, they worked very hard and I can’t speak highly enough of them, they’re a great bunch of lads,” he said.

“They just come to­gether so well and re­ally en­joy each other’s com­pany.”

Brealey, who had coached 17 mem­bers of the squad at ju­nior level, said it had been a chal­lenge to main­tain their win­ning streak through­out the sea­son, but they han­dled the ex­tra pres­sure per­fectly.

“As the sea­son pro­gressed, the chal­lenge to keep win­ning got a lot harder, but they took that on,” he said.

“There was a fair bit of pres­sure go­ing into the grand fi­nal, hav­ing gone through the sea­son un­de­feated, but to win was re­ally great for all the boys.”

The Can­ning Vale colts side cel­e­brate their pre­mier­ship win.

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