Zone Carnival Recap
Wednesday, 09 July 2014
The annual Zone Carnival for the most talented Goldfields and Esperance 14 and 15 year old boys was held last weekend in Esperance. This carnival is held in Kalgoorlie and Esperance in alternate years.
For over 30 years Subiaco District (& formerly the Junior Council) has sent representative teams to its country zone to provide the best young country players with the opportunity to test their skills against a higher level of competition.
There is consideration being given to holding the carnival in Perth in 2015.
The carnival is an excellent goodwill exercise that allows the building of strong relationships between the metro and country football fraternities. We are appreciative of the commitment that our JCC and metro district junior clubs throw behind this initiative. For the Subiaco Football Club it allows the identification of the best 14 & 15 year old talent.
In the 15 year old division Goldfields, Esperance and Subiaco District each played on the Saturday. Subiaco District comfortably accounted for Esperance, and Goldfields overpowered Subiaco District at the Ports Oval. Then under lights at Newtown Oval the Esperance team lifted and took the game up to Goldfields to steal the lead mid way through the last quarter, however the strong Goldfields team powered home to win by 2 goals.
On Sunday Esperance and Subiaco District did battle at Newtown Oval, with the metro team proving to be too slick on the day.
The 14s games were only contested by Goldfields and Esperance, with the talented Esperance line-up coming out on top on both occasions. The standard of football was of a high standard and all of the boys participating would have benefitted from the experience.
The Esperance Junior Association and it's affiliated clubs did a wonderful job in providing hospitality to over 150 players and officials. The "home cooked" food provided on a Saturday night was country style cooking at its absolute best. Our thanks are extend to the Esperance Junior Association President, Andrew Hill, carnival coordinator, Melissa Rowe, and the dozens of tireless workers, umpires and officials from Esperance, Goldfields and Subiaco metro district who made the weekend a huge success.
At the dinner on Saturday night two players from each team were presented with a Subiaco momentous in recognition of their outstanding efforts during the games:
15s Goldfields - Riley Wojtowicz & Connor Muirson
15s Esperance - Troy Edwards & Sam Ashby
Year 9 Subiaco District - Tristan Hobley & Corey Stephenson
14s Goldfields - Jack Zapelli & Cody Dellacosta
14s Esperance - Brodie Ogle & Jacob Peletier
The next step for country boys I'd to be selected into the Goldfields & Esperance Talent Academies that are coached by Adrian Hicks and Kingsley Walker respectively. It is the role of Adrian and Kingsley to provide some 30 - 14 & 15 year old players with advanced training to primarily improve thief skills and education of the game, but also prepare those selected to participate in the WAFL 14s & 15s carnival held in the October school holidays.
The Subiaco Football Club is committed to provide talented country players with opportunities through the talent pathway. The zone carnival is not only a major stepping stone into this pathway but it is also a highlight of the season for both country and metro boys.