Sharks player plays with the All Stars

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

A rag-tag group of coun­try foot­ballers fea­tur­ing a strong Pil­bara con­tin­gent went through un­de­feated at the re­cent WA Coun­try Foot­ball Week com­pe­ti­tion in Perth.

The Coun­try All Stars side was cre­ated to fill the fi­nal spot on the bill in the eight-team Land­mark Cham­pi­onships di­vi­sion 2 com­pe­ti­tion, run ear­lier this month.

Long-term Sharks player Dy­lan McCutcheon was cho­sen to com­pete along­side a host of New­man, Kim­ber­ley and Gold­fields play­ers.

McCutcheon said he hoped this ap­pear­ance would lead to more rep­re­sen­ta­tion from the Pil­bara in the years to come.

“It’s good we’ve gone down there and hope­fully over the next few years we can get to­gether a side and get a bit of tal­ent ... down there again next year,” he said.

“There’s a lot of tal­ent up here that gets over­looked.” The All Stars side lived up to their name, first ac­count­ing for even­tual run­ners-up Eastern Dis­tricts 13.10 (88) to 13.5 (83).

They fol­lowed that up with a low-scor­ing 18-point win over Ongerup be­fore keep­ing the Great South­ern side goal­less in their fi­nal match, win­ning 4.7 (31) to 0.2 (2).

Un­for­tu­nately for the Sharks, McCutcheon won’t be slip­ping straight back into yel­low, hav­ing picked up an in­jury which will put him out of ac­tion un­til fi­nals if his team makes it.

De­spite strug­gling this sea­son, McCutcheon said the morale and so­cial at­mos­phere around the Sharks was as strong as ever.

“I live in Kar­ratha, but al­ways travel out to play here,” he said.

“The boys al­ways get around each other, even if we’re not play­ing too well.”

Pic­ture: Dy­lan McCutcheon Dy­lan McCutcheon, front right, with the Pil­bara co­hort of the Coun­try All Stars team.

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