Wild­cats’ suc­cess years in the mak­ing

Joondalup Times - - NEWS -

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.

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