Co­bras shed their sins

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

COCK­BURN Co­bras have re­cov­ered from near dev­as­ta­tion af­ter be­ing fined by the WA Ama­teur Foot­ball League last year.

Al­though a fine of up to $40,000 was floated in Septem­ber for pay­ing a player, the club was even­tu­ally sanc­tioned with a $2000 penalty and the league and re­serves were kicked out of the 2017 fi­nals.

The club main­tains its in­no­cence, al­though the league side was also ruled in­el­i­gi­ble for the 2018 fi­nals.

Club spokesman An­drew Pearce said it was a re­lief that the fine was not at the ex­treme end but $2000 along with the le­gal costs was a mas­sive hit for the club.

“A fine above $5000 would have taken a big toll on the club,” he said.

Pearce said from out­side the club the year ap­peared to have been a suc­cess, with the re­serves and colts mak­ing the fi­nals.

“But if you have been in­volved with the club this year it has been a mas­sive task main­tain­ing the three sides and get­ting enough play­ers to pull on the jumper each week,” he said.

“With the league side not el­i­gi­ble for fi­nals from the get go it has been a huge task re­tain­ing league play­ers from 2017 and has stretched all three sides, with the need of reg­u­lar re­serves play­ers hav­ing to play up in the league side while also try­ing to be com­pet­i­tive and push for fi­nals in the re­serves.

“Mas­sive credit to all the play­ers at the club, as ev­ery week colts and re­serves play­ers had to dou­ble up and play two games to help fill in the league side and also fill the colts and re­serves sides to start with.”

Pearce said they had 62 play­ers pull on a league jumper this year.

The Co­bras en­thu­si­ast said the fu­ture of the club was look­ing bright for 2019 as they had a great colts pro­gram which should feed play­ers into se­nior foot­ball next year.


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