Teen is a su­per­boot

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Times Sport - Tari Jeffers

FINE foot­work and mas­ter­ful mark­ing sent two Man­jimup girls to a football skills show­case in Perth and be named State Cham­pion and run­nerup in two sep­a­rate com­pe­ti­tions.

As part of the Freo Footy Skills com­pe­ti­tion, Man­jimup Pri­mary School Year 6 stu­dent Nikki Pol­lard be­came the Long Bomb State Cham­pion for Year 6 girls with a win­ning kick of 30.94m.

“I knew I had a good kick when I en­tered,” she said.

In win­ning the grand fi­nal to be named State Cham­pion, Pol­lard had to beat the reign­ing, two-time cham­pion from Perth.

“I’m pretty im­pressed with my­self for do­ing so well,” she said.

The trip to the grand fi­nal com­pe­ti­tion at Do­main Sta­dium for Pol­lard and her team­mate Bella Sparks started last term when the school held its Freo Footy Skills com­pe­ti­tion, with win­ners pro­gress­ing to the semi-fi­nal.

Sparks par­tic­i­pated in the Kwik Kick com­pe­ti­tion, which in­volved two com­peti­tors see­ing how many times they could kick the football to each other and suc­cess­fully mark it in three min­utes.

Sparks’ team­mate So­phie Scott could not make it to the semi-fi­nal in Perth, so Sparks com­peted with Pol­lard, in which they went on to be the run­ner-up in the grand fi­nal.

“We had to be stand­ing 12m

apart and then kick and mark the ball, which we did 34 times in three min­utes,” Sparks said.

“I was re­ally proud of both of

us, we worked well to­gether con­sid­er­ing we weren’t the orig­i­nal team.”

Man­jimup Pri­mary School

Year 5 Conor Cole placed fifth at the grand fi­nal in the Year 5 boys’ long bomb com­pe­ti­tion as well.

Pic­ture: Tari Jeffers

Man­jimup Pri­mary School stu­dent Nikki Pol­lard is the new Year 6 girls divi­sion long bomb State Cham­pion and to­gether with team­mate Bella Sparks, the two girls were run­ner-up in the Kwik Kick com­pe­ti­tion fol­low­ing the Freo Footy Skills grand fi­nal in Perth last month.

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