Kimberley Spirit Make it Back-to-Back
The Kimberley Spirit retained the Kimberley Regional Service Providers (KRSP) Shield by defeating the Claremont Tigers Colts side in Broome on Saturday the 19th of July. The Spirit, who were coached by Claremont Colts coach, Ross McQueen, included 22 of the Kimberley’s finest colts aged players. The Spirit won the hotly contested game 11.9 (75) to 10.8 (68) under lights at the Broome Recreation and Aquatic Centre. The John Jones Medal was awarded to Sam Seton from Halls Creek while Jack Prendiville won the inaugural Keifer Yu Medal for the Claremont Tigers as their respective best players.
The Kimberley Spirit side was chosen from the Kimberley Colts Championships that were held in Fitzroy Crossing over May 31st and June 1st this year. There was representation from all the regions. The Spirit team members arrived in Broome on Thursday, May 29th and were able to bond as a team through training and recovery sessions. They also spent time together in their Leightons Unlocked session learning from Maree Ansey, Aiden Albert, and Rob Beck about jobs and apprenticeships in Perth through our sponsor, Leighton Contractors.
The Claremont side arrived on Friday morning and took off to Bidyadanga with Garnduwa Regional Manager, Mick Albert, to participate in a local football clinic and a cultural tour of the community. The boys tried their hand at fishing with some local help and camped the night in swags in true Kimberley style.
Gary Johnson and Mick Burnett from Kimberley Regional Service Providers, event sponsors, were both in attendance and suitably impressed by the high quality of the match. Special thanks goes out to the Claremont Football Club, Warren Parker, and Ross McQueen for their commitment to the match.