Play­ers drop in for a Cup, chat

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

EA­GLES Cup win­ning schools across Perth re­ceived their tro­phies from, not sur­pris­ingly, West Coast Ea­gles play­ers last week.

Mitch Brown and Eric Macken­zie were at Kens­ing­ton Pri­mary School, one of about 30 schools who had Ea­gles play­ers drop in to present the tro­phies, an­swer ques­tions, sign au­to­graphs and pose for pho­to­graphs.

Brown was es­pe­cially in­ter­ested in know­ing how many girls were par­tic­i­pat­ing in the school’s foot­ball team.

“Hav­ing the Na­tional Women’s League start­ing next year is so in­spir­ing for the girls com­ing through school and want­ing to play with the boys,” Brown said.

“It’s im­por­tant for them to know there is a path­way and that hav­ing a go in the Ea­gles Cup is just the be­gin­ning.”

There was one girl in this year’s team from Kens­ing­ton Pri­mary School and Brown en­cour­aged the rest of the school to get in­volved next year.

“It would be great to see more girls play­ing each year. The com­pe­ti­tion is all about fun and stay­ing ac­tive and we re­ally want to show that this is a game for ev­ery­one,” Brown said.

Ea­gles Cup is WA’s pri­mary in­ter­school com­pe­ti­tion for stu­dents in years 4-7, in­volv­ing about 480 schools and 12,000 pri­mary school aged stu­dents last year.

See sport for Josh Kennedy’s match re­port. Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group is an af­fil­i­ated part­ner of West Coast Ea­gles.

Kens­ing­ton’s Ea­gles Cup foot­ballers with Ea­gles West Coast play­ers Mitch Brown and Eric Macken­zie.

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