Ju­niors part of his­toric day

Kalamunda Reporter - - Sport -

LES­MUR­DIE Saints Ju­nior Foot­ball Club ended the sea­son on a high with the young­sters play­ing dur­ing the WAFL grand fi­nal half time.

Aus­kick co­or­di­na­tor Paul Ket­tle said 10 “ex­cited” young mem­bers played at Su­bi­aco Oval dur­ing the Septem­ber 24 grand fi­nal.

“This was made ex­tra spe­cial as it was the last game of AFL foot­ball to be played at the sta­dium,” he said.

“De­spite all the rain, as soon as we ran out on to the oval, the sun came out and we played ap­prox­i­mately 15 min­utes in per­fect con­di­tions.

“Our kids did us proud and played with great en­ergy, en­thu­si­asm and most of all, big smiles over their faces.

“Whilst they are too young to ap­pre­ci­ate what they have done, this is a story they will be able to share with ev­ery­one in the years to come.”

The young­sters in­cluded Daniel Ket­tle, Kade San­der­son, Aaden Ket­tle, Kobi Paull, Lu­cas Adams, Lu­cas De­gasperis, Max Hawkins, Ri­ley Dou­glas, Sean Grif­fin and Noah McDon­ald.

Their coach was Sean San­der­son and Lau­ren Davey was ground helped on the day, while Ket­tle was the um­pire.

Ket­tle said that week­end also saw the WA Foot­ball Com­mis­sion name the Saints club cham­pion for Aus­kick in the Swans dis­trict, and he re­ceived the cen­tral con­fer­ence club per­son of the year award.

“We are lo­cal com­mu­nity foot­ball club that be­gan back in 1982,” he said.

“We started out with 15 play­ers – this year we had over 60 Aus­kick­ers (Pre-Pri­mary to Year 2) and over 70 ju­nior foot­ballers (Year 3 to Year 6).

“Our kids come from mul­ti­ple schools all over the re­gion.

“In ad­di­tion to the 130-plus girls and boys, we have an army of vol­un­teers that work tire­lessly in the back ground. Apart from the club com­mit­tee and of­fice bear­ers, we have coaches, um­pires, team man­agers and co-or­di­na­tors.

“Be­ing a fam­ily fo­cused club, en­gage­ment with the par­ents and guardians plays a big part of what we do.”

Ju­niors play dur­ing half time. Right: Les­mur­die JFC vice pres­i­dent Rob Miller, WA Foot­ball Com­mis­sion Swans Dis­trict de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Chris­tian Tu­filli with Les­mur­die JFC Aus­kick co-or­di­na­tor Paul Ket­tle.

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