Kimberley Spirit KRSP Cup Camp

The 2017 Kimberley Spirit team arrived in Broome from all parts of the Kimberley on Thursday July 13 ready to experience 3 days of high performance football action capped off with the KRSP Cup match against the Claremont Tigers FC Colts team (2016 WAFL Colts Premiers).

There was no idle time as the players were placed into their assigned groups led by Regional Garnduwa staff and straight into preparing their camp living quarters. After a player driven discussion around the Camp Standards that the whole team established at the June Kimberley Spirit Selection Camp in Kununurra it was a race to the kitchen to prepare nutritious cold meat & salad rolls for lunch.

With plenty of activities squeezed into the limited camp time each group made their way down to Coles to plan & buy ingredients for one dinner and one lunch that they would have to prepare in their own groups. This is an integral part of the camp as the focus was on using the knowledge they had gained in their nutrition workshop at the last camp to create healthy meals that could assist them improve on & off the field.

The players finished off Day 1 with a football training session @ BRAC focused on fundamental skills and how to effectively move the ball through the corridor from defence to attack. After Day 1’s travel and activities all players quickly made their way to their swags for a well-deserved sleep before 2 more action packed days.

Day 2 kicked off with a multi-sport/recovery session down at beautiful Cable Beach while the Claremont Tigers FC Colts team arrived in Broome and were straight into a convoy of Troop Carriers and on their way to Beagle Bay for their community visit led by Garnduwa’s own Mick Albert & Tom Ellies.

While Claremont spent time exploring what The Peninsula had to offer the Kimberley Spirit team were putting in 100% effort into the following activities:

- Team Building session (delivered by Broome PCYC – Annie & Bronte).
- Extra’s (light skills) training session @ Haynes Oval.
- Preparing their own lunches.
- Game planning workshop.
- Game scenario’s training session @ Father McMahon Oval.
- Pool recovery session.
- Watched WKFL match Bulls v Saints.
- 2017 Kimberley Spirit Jumper Presentation.

Saturday July 15 arrived and so had the day the whole KSpirit team had been working towards, game day! Day 3 started with a trip down to Cable Beach for another recovery session. The reasoning behind the frequency of recovery sessions was to give all involved an insight into what they can do to assist with reaching peak performance but also an insight into what the life of a WAFL/AFL player is like during the season.

Before departing for Cable Beach the whole team (players, coaches & staff) voted on who they thought would best represent the program as Captain & Vice-Captain. Cain Shaw (Fitzroy Crossing – Bayulu Community) and Ben Mckenna (Kununurra) were voted as Captain & Vice-Captain respectively.

Leading up to Saturday’s KRSP Cup match the players also got to experience:

- Match Review Workshop (delivered by Claremont Colts Head Coach – Ross McQueen).
- Courthouse Markets visit + meet & greet with Claremont’s players.
- Watched WKFL match Cable Beach v Peninsula Bombers.

Once 2:45pm had arrived the whole Kimberley Spirit team were at Haynes Oval and all attention was on the KRSP Cup match which was scheduled to start at 4:00pm. The players went through their pre-game preparations, with a highlight coming when each player received their playing jumper along with an almighty roar from their teammates. This group of 15 – 19 year male footballers who had not trained together until a month earlier was now starting to look & act like a team ready for battle.

Kimberley Spirit Coordinator/Head Coach – Shaun Norman’s messages to the group were simple keeping in mind their preparation as a team was limited. Garnduwa put this team together knowing that the players selected could go out and showcase their skills on the field in a free flowing manner.

The way all the players combined to play exciting football through game gave the home crowd plenty to cheer about. All the players walked off at the end of the game with their heads held high knowing they gave 100% effort to do the best they were capable of for the benefit of the team. This will be an experience that they will cherish for years to come and hopefully they use what they learnt back home in front of their family and friends.

In the post-match presentations which were held at an amazingly decorated Broome PCYC Claremont FC were presented with the KRSP Cup for their well-deserved victory and #31 for Claremont - Brock Wardwith was presented with the Keifer Yu Medal for an impressive best on ground performance. Claremont’s Lewis Daisley was also presented with a Kimberley Spirit Jumper for his notable performance with Kimberley Spirit Captain – Cain Shaw being awarded a Claremont Jumper for his admirable efforts throughout the match. Also notable mentions to David Ningella Jnr (Looma), Joharn Jack (Fitzroy Crossing), Silvahna Rocky Carlton (Warmun) and Michael Nungatcha (Warmun) for their impressive performances through the camp as the youngest players in the Kimberley Spirit team.

A massive thank you to the following people and organisations, without them this camp and match would not be able to take place:

- Annie, Bronte, John & Di from Broome PCYC for their hospitality         throughout the three days.
- Kimberley Regional Services Providers.
- Molly & George from ABC Kimberley.
- Broome Coles.
- Broome Shire.
- Broome Recreation & Aquatic Centre.
- West Kimberley Football League.
- Shannon from Sacred Heart School in Beagle Bay.
- Claremont Tigers FC.
- Hannah from Kimberley Physiotherapy.
- Malcolm Douglas Wildlife Park.
- Tracey Thorn for being the best Team Manager a team could ask for!
- Garnduwa’s Staff – Mick, Tom, Joey and Deon.