Sharks player plays with the All Stars
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.