It was a week of nervous and excited young footballers training hard and their supportive parents making banners – all in preparation for the big show down that was the Margaret River Junior Football Under 13s Grand Final last weekend.
Gloucester Park was packed with supporters and the crowd was clearly divided – one side awash with blue and white for the Sharks, and the other side covered with black and gold in support of the Tigers team.
The crowd roared with excitement as the teams ran through their grand final commemorative banners to take to the field before the first siren sounded, signalling the start of the high energy clash.
The fierce Tigers came out firing in the first quarter, locking away a few quick goals.
Both teams were playing their hearts out, a fantastic battle between two passionate and hardworking sides.
Finally, Will Cass was able to secure a goal for the Sharks to bring the scores back to close contention.
Both teams were playing their hearts out, a fantastic battle between two passionate and hardworking sides, before finally, Will Cass was able to secure a goal for the Sharks to bring the scores back to close contention.
Tigers were up at quarter time and showed that they were an unstoppable force.
At half time scores were even at 21 apiece, and the coaches gave their encouraging speeches before the teams headed out again
At three quarter time, the Sharks were up, but it was still anybody’s game.
The Tigers kicked a quick goal, and the crowd was roaring.
Both Tigers and Sharks players never gave up and kept the energy high.
As the final siren sounded the Sharks proved they were too strong, holding the lead and jumping for joy (and tears for some parents) as they celebrated their much deserved premiership title.
Final scores Sharks: 8.5.53 Tigers 4.7.31
Shea Robertson was awarded the Junior Football Association Fairest and Best as well as the Brett Robbins ‘Best on Ground’ award. Ryan McCarthy was awarded runner up Fairest and Best, and Riley Stanlake was celebrated as an inspiration to the club and football community at his last game.