Desert boots a perfect fit
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.
Nazereth Whyolter, 10, with a new pair of boots.
The Nullagine Dockers.
The Punmu Bulldogs.