Comet Bay side wins school­boy cup

Southern Telegraph - - Sport - El­lie Honey­bone

The Comet Bay Col­lege AFL Academy is cel­e­brat­ing another suc­cess­ful sea­son af­ter the Years 8 and 9 boys team won the WAFC Ea­gles School­boys Cup for the sec­ond year in a row.

The Ea­gles Cup in­volves schools from around the State com­pet­ing in a round-robin-style com­pe­ti­tion where win­ners from each of the nine WAFL dis­tricts vie for the fi­nal.

The Comet Bay team won the Peel di­vi­sion and con­tin­ued their win­ning streak match af­ter match, even­tu­ally beat­ing Mazenod Col­lege by nine points in the fi­nal which was played at Do­main Sta­dium be­fore the round 23 AFL game be­tween the West Coast Ea­gles and St Kilda.

The Ea­gles School­boys Cup was pre­sented by WAFC Hall of Fame mem­ber and Brown­low Medal­list Ross Glendin­ning. Comet Bay cap­tain Jake Howes won the best-on­ground.

Team­mate and vice-cap­tain Kalieb Larsen also re­ceived the Ross Davis Medal for his out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions through­out the com­pe­ti­tion.

The spe­cial­ist football pro­gram at Comet Bay was in­tro­duced 10 years ago when the school first opened and in­volves stu­dents com­mit­ting four pe­ri­ods a week to train­ing and study­ing dif­fer­ent as­pects of the game.

Head coach Nic Chidgzey was par­tic­u­larly im­pressed with the team ef­fort in the cup as 90 per cent of the boys had also played their lo­cal club fi­nals dur­ing the morn­ing of the grand fi­nal game, a disad­van­tage not shared by their op­po­si­tion.

“We know these boys have com­mit­ments to club football and the school ses­sions are ex­tra on top of train­ing and games so to back up and play a sec­ond fi­nal on the day was a huge ef­fort,” he said.

“The more they do, the bet­ter they be­come and it def­i­nitely shows with this team.”

The school’s AFL pro­gram is one of five in the State and has been de­scribed as the top stan­dard by the WAFC.

The Fre­man­tle Dock­ers are part­ners in the Comet Bay pro­gram along­side Peel Thun­der and as a re­sult the school is able to wear the green and pur­ple jumper as their team uni­form.

The WAFC de­vel­oped the Ea­gles Cup com­pe­ti­tion to en­cour­age Aus­tralian Rules football in all sec­ondary schools.

About 100,000 stu­dents took part in the cup this year.

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