District News Dongara District HS make top 4
Dongara District HS make top 4
Posted on 06/09/2012
DONGARA DHS make TOP 4
Dongara DHS recently achieved great sporting success when their WAFC Year 8/9 Schoolboys Cup team, with coach Mr Marty Downes, placed as one of the top 4 school teams in Western Australia.
The WAFC Year 8/9 Schoolboys Cup is a state-wide Year 8/9 competition played in WAFL districts and country regions producing a champion school to represent each of the nine WAFL clubs. The competition runs through Term 2 and Term 3.
The boys progressed through the rounds beating Morawa DHS, Central Midlands SHS to become the Perth Football Club Country Champions. They then faced Clontarf Academy and won to become the first country school in 8 years to be crowned the Perth Football Club Champions.
The next round saw Dongara DHS defeat Wanneroo SHS (West Perth FC Champion school) to progress through to the top four and a berth in the semi final. This game was played against Darling Range Sport College (Swan Districts FC Champion school) with the boys putting up a strong fight but eventually going down to an exceptionally talented team.
With only 60 boys in the age group to select from across the whole of the Dongara secondary school they team did remarkably well considering they played off against 4 Senior High Schools of which 2 have a Football Academy programs and one is a specialist sport college.
This year sees an exceptionally talented group of boys with 5 members of the team in the Perth Football Club development Squad. The boys in the team represent Dongara Junior Football Club across three teams and do not play regularly together as did many of the boys on the opposing teams during the competition. This is a testament to their skill and positive relationship.
Dongara DHS is very proud of the achievement of the boys who showed great sportsmanship over the duration of the competition.
According to Midlands Football Development Manager Glen Collins, the success of Dongara DHS is truly an astonishing effort.
“All people concerned in Dongara should be very proud of this achievement and the support of the school to the players in travelling to games was exceptional. The Dongara Junior football club should also be acknowledged for its support and nurturing of the players through their junior years of skill development,” Glen said.