By David Kavanagh | posted on September 8, 2019
JUNIOR footy stars representing schools across Albany and Denmark clashed on the fields at Centennial Park’s eastern precinct on Tuesday as part of this year’s Eagles Cup Grand Finals.
The multi-term comp has been running annually for 25 years and encourages participation from mostly Year 5 and 6 students from nine schools in the region.
The Grand Finals clash saw dominant division one team Albany Primary School take the gold against St Joseph’s College 11.7 (73) to 4.4 (28), while Mount Lockyer Primary School beat Little Grove Primary School 7.8 (50) to 5.1 (31).
Division two had Yakamia charge to a 27-point victory over their Flinders Park counterparts 9.7 (61) to 5.4 (34) and Great Southern Grammar defeat Denmark, whose Year 6 players were away at camp, 9.18 (72) to no score.
Spencer Park Primary School Deputy Principal Carl Luscombe, who helped coordinate the tournament, said its emphasis was on enjoying competition and developing skills for all ability levels.
“It has been very successful at introducing students to football who have never played traditional weekend footy,” he said.
“Over the past few years, the participation of girls in the competition has markedly increased.”
Mr Luscombe added this year’s run of interschool matches, which kicked off on May 21, had seen the greatest improvements in the teams from St Joseph’s and Yakamia.