Bringing Out the Spirit in Kimberley Footballers
The second annual Kimberley Regional Service Providers (KRSP) Claremont Colts vs Kimberley Spirit football game took place in Fitzroy Crossing on Saturday the 18th of July. Following the success of the Kimberley Spirit team in 2014, the Claremont Football Club evened the ledger with a 30 point victory over the Kimberley Spirit to secure the KRSP Shield for 2015. The Tigers won the hard fought battle in warm conditions that also brought out great play in a young Kimberley Spirit side.
The Kimberley Spirit side, coached by Michael Farmer and assisted by Deon Cox, went to Fitzroy Crossing for a 3 day camp prior to the game against the Claremont Colts. The camp consisted of education sessions designed to better prepare the players for the expectations and requirements of playing high level football in the West Australian Football League. These workshops included nutrition sessions, game and personal development sessions and high intensity training sessions.
The Kimberley Spirit was captained by CJ Oakly (Cable Beach, WKFL) and Orlin Nicholaff (Derby Tigers, WKFL). The Spirit played a good brand of fast paced football as they tried to outrun their much bigger opponents and the game was in the balance over the first three quarters. Serviced well by Keanu Shandley (Looma, WKFL), Cedric Cox (Fitzroy Hawks, CKFL) and Willum Duinker (Halls Creek Hawks, EKFL), the Spirit hit the front early in the last quarter but the Claremont side kicked the last 5 goals to finish the game as victors. Claremont’s Jacob Sideris won the Keifer Yu Medal for best afield with Jake Waterman, Zach Lynn and Captain Isovaine Huddlestone also having great games for the Claremont side.
Special thanks go to Gary Johnson and KRSP for their continued support and sponsorship of this annual match, to Fitzroy Crossing Aboriginal Sporting Association and the Central Kimberley Football League for their help and support and to the Claremont Football Club for their commitment to football in the Kimberley region.