Record par­tic­i­pa­tion

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

Par­tic­i­pa­tion and en­thu­si­asm were at an all-time high at the fourth an­nual Kar­ratha Freo Dock­ers Cup car­ni­val which, for the first time, drew stu­dents from all pri­mary schools in the City of Kar­ratha.

Nine schools from Kar­ratha, Roe­bourne, Wick­ham and Dampier took part in last Thurs­day’s com­pe­ti­tion, which is held each year as part of a Fre­man­tle Dock­ers, WA Foot­ball Com­mis­sion and WA Foot­ball League com­mu­nity pro­gram.

This year Baynton West were the win­ners of the boys’ com­pe­ti­tion and St Paul’s took home the girls’ ti­tle.

Mikhaela Acebes from Mil­lars Well and Kaiden Cal­laghan from Kar­ratha Pri­mary were voted the in­di­vid­ual fairest and best play­ers of the car­ni­val.

Baynton West Pri­mary hosted this year’s event and school health and phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion co-or­di­na­tor Kelly Lang­lands said there was a high level of in­ter­est from local stu­dents.

“This is the big­gest it’s ever been. This is the most num­ber of schools we’ve had tak­ing part,” she said.

“It’s fan­tas­tic to see the sports­man­ship and healthy com­pe­ti­tion among the kids.”

There were also a record num­ber of girls com­pet­ing in the car­ni­val this year, with seven out of the nine schools en­ter­ing girls teams.

Baynton West Pri­mary act­ing phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher Haylee Mar­shall said she was pleased to see so many girls as keen to play foot­ball as their male peers.

“I think the AFL girls’ com­pe­ti­tion has started and that’s sparked a bit of in­ter­est,” she said.

“But even be­fore that, I know at Baynton West ev­ery­one gets in­volved and par­tic­i­pates in foot­ball. A lot of the girls are re­ally en­thu­si­as­tic about it.”

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Kar­ratha Pri­mary stu­dent Kaiden Cal­laghan, 11, keeps pos­ses­sion in his Freo Dock­ers Cup car­ni­val game against St Paul's Pri­mary.

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