Wildcats’ success years in the making
THE Whitfords Year 12 side’s domination of the West Perth district northern conference in 2017 has been years in the making.
The Wildcats had not lost a game with two rounds to go as of last Friday.
They held a 13-0 record with their eyes firmly on a title in their final year of junior football.
Coach Gavin Keyser attributed the Wildcats’ success to the group having been together for a few years.
This is Keyser’s third year as coach with his son Cameron in the team.
“We’ve pretty much had the same core of boys for the last couple of years,” he said.
“They’re a good bunch of young blokes and playing for the right reasons – to enjoy it and also to win, which in today’s society doesn’t always marry up, especially in junior sport.”
Keyser said Whitfords was not a tall side, which meant contributions were shared across the field rather than relying on any big targets.
They had made the finals the past two years, making the preliminary stage in 2015 and losing the grand final last year.
It’s proving to be a successful year for the Whitfords upper school sides, with the Year 11s having also been on an undefeated run with two rounds to go. Keyser said the Wildcats’ winning streak was the longest of which he’d been aware in recent years.
He expected some of the players to progress to the West Perth colts system next year.
“Going on their general improvement and the season they’re having, I think there will be as many as half a dozen invited down to do preseason,” he said.
The Wildcats 2017 group.