Comet Bay side wins schoolboy cup
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.