Desert boots a per­fect fit

Pilbara News - - Sport - Pe­ter de Krui­jff

A mound of used foot­ball boots col­lected from across the Pil­bara have found new homes pro­tect­ing the toes of desert footy play­ers known for play­ing bare­foot.

West Aus­tralian Foot­ball Com­mis­sion Pil­bara re­gional de­vel­op­ment man­ager Vicki Agnew trans­ported 25 pairs of adults’ and chil­dren’s boots hun­dreds of kilo­me­tres to the War­ra­long com­mu­nity be­tween Port Hed­land and Mar­ble Bar at the start of the month.

The boots came from all over the re­gion, in­clud­ing Pan­na­won­ica, New­man, Hed­land, Tom Price and Kar­ratha.

Most of the boots were snapped up by mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who play for lo­cal team the Bombers in the Western Desert and Newcrest Foot­ball League.

The league has three car­ni­vals a year, which ro­tate in lo­ca­tion ever year across the com­mu­ni­ties of the teams in­volved.

This year games were held in Punmu, Nul­lagine and War­ra­long.

Agnew said the play­ers ap­pre­ci­ated the boots.

The shoes must have worked for the Nul­lagine Dock­ers since they won the grand fi­nal in War­ra­long in try­ing con­di­tions of 43C and dust storms.

How­ever, the Bombers did well enough over all three car­ni­vals to be named the best side of the Western Desert for the year.

Agnew said the WAFC hoped to bring boots out to a car­ni­val ev­ery year.

She also said there were moves to for­malise the league af­ter WA Coun­try Foot­ball League gen­eral man­ager Joe Ge­or­giade vis­ited a car­ni­val.

WAFC has helped fa­cil­i­tate train­ing for com­mu­nity um­pires and coaches.

The War­ra­long Bombers.

Pic­tures: West Aus­tralian Foot­ball Com­mis­sion

Naz­ereth Why­olter, 10, with a new pair of boots.

The Nul­lagine Dock­ers.

The Punmu Bull­dogs.

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