Mud­crabs Green savour car­ni­val suc­cess

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Perera

Lo­cal over-35 foot­ballers had their time to shine at the in­au­gu­ral North West Masters AFL Car­ni­val in Kar­ratha last Satur­day.

About 45 play­ers from Kar­ratha Mud­crabs, Port Hed­land Flat­back Tur­tles and Broome Pear­lers took to the Kar­ratha Leisure­plex Oval for the re­gional over-35s foot­ball event, or­gan­ised by Mud­crabs.

There were plenty of close con­tests dur­ing the af­ter­noon of nine-a-side, 20-minute matches, but it was one of the two Kar­ratha sides, Mud­crabs Green, that took out the in­au­gu­ral cham­pi­onship ti­tle af­ter de­feat­ing Broome in the grand fi­nal, 5.2 (32) to 2.4 (16).

Port Hed­land came in third place by beat­ing Mud­crabs Brown 5.3 (33) to 2.4 (16) in the other fi­nal of the night.

Mud­crabs Green’s David Hinch­cliffe was awarded player of the car­ni­val.

Kar­ratha Mud­crabs com­mit­tee mem­ber and player Phil Arnott said the event had been mod­elled on Asia-Pa­cific tour­na­ment Bali Masters 9s, which the team at­tended ear­lier this year.

He said there were wide-rang­ing ben­e­fits for over-35 play­ers.

“The stan­dard of footy is in­ter­est­ing but that’s not en­tirely what it’s all about,” he said.

“It’s a mas­sive con­trib­u­tor to men’s health, so­cial life, fit­ness and get­ting a bit of adren­a­line out in a fun, slightly com­pet­i­tive sports en­vi­ron­ment.”

Adding to the sports car­ni­val at­mos­phere was a run­ning com­men­tary on all games, an elec­tronic score­board, a full suite of com­peti­tor tents and two chil­dren’s ex­hi­bi­tion matches held be­fore the fi­nals.

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