2018 Smarter Than Smoking Kimberley Colts Football Championship
The 2018 Smarter Than Smoking Kimberley Colts Football Championships was held in Fitzroy Crossing over the June long weekend (June 2 & June 3). The Championships involved four U/19’s male football teams (West Kimberley, Central Kimberley, Halls Creek / Kutjunka and East Kimberley) competing across the two days and showcasing their football talent.
All parts of the Kimberley were represented on the weekend with players coming from the following towns and communities: Bidyadanga, Broome, Mowanjum, Derby, Looma, Fitzroy Crossing, Yiramalay, Noonkanbah, Wangkatjunka, Muludja, Bayulu, Yiyilli, Halls Creek, Ringer Soak, Billiluna, Mulan, Balgo, Warmun, Kununurra and Wyndham.
The Championships is truly the Kimberley’s flagship youth football event with the talent on offer even luring Claremont FC’s Talent Manager – Warren Parker for the weekend. Parker attended the Championships to scout the matches for future Claremont FC players with the Kimberley region being zoned to the WAFL club. Parker had the following to say about the Championships. “The 2018 Kimberley Colts Football Championships were a great success. Players impressed with individual skills and flair while teams displayed a great style of play and emphasis of playing as a team which resulted in exciting matches. We hope that this event can continue to grow and look forward to further engaging players from this platform to enter the Claremont talent pathway.”
Each of the four competing teams registered at least one win across the two days, however it was the home team Central Kimberley who beat East Kimberley (72 to 40) in the Grand Final to take out the Championship trophy. There were several eye catching individual performances throughout the weekend. West Kimberley’s Leighton Brolga (Bidyadanga) was awarded the Rising Star medal and Central Kimberley’s Junior Shandley (Fitzroy Crossing) was awarded the Championship MVP medal.
Garnduwa Amboorny Wirnan coordinated the Championships with the Central Kimberley Football League playing a support role across the weekend. Garnduwa Amboorny Wirnan’s – Kimberley Spirit Football Academy is the conduit between 12-19-year-old players participating in local football and taking their game to the next level, both in and outside of the Kimberley. The Championships wouldn’t have been possible without Healthway’s support of Garnduwa and the Kimberley Spirit Football Academy. Garnduwa would also like to thank the following partners who supported the event - Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Shire of Derby, West Kimberley, West Australian Football Commission, Fitzroy Valley District High School and Fitzroy Clontarf Academy.
Most importantly, a big thank you to all of the volunteers from all over the Kimberley that were involved with the planning and delivery of the Championships (including preparing and transporting the teams). Without passionate volunteers, sporting events like these could not take place.