It hasn’t been going for very long but already the Australian Rules football games between IEC students from North Lake Senior Campus and Cyril Jackson Senior Campus are highly anticipated.
This year’s games were played the way footy should be played by players who in some cases had never even heard of Australian footy until just a few months ago.
The two previous women’s games in the IEC Cup had ended in draws. The 2018 encounter was another thriller. North Lake was in control for most of the game but didn’t put goals on the board. CJ hit the front late and looked set for victory – then with six seconds left on the clock Sini gathered the ball close to goal and slammed it straight over the goal umpire’s hat.
Sini was named North Lake’s player of the match and impressed with her hard running and ability to kick either foot. Another star was Gigi who was a strong defender, stopped many CJ attacks and helped out her team mates. Helen’s strong tackling was a highlight of the game, Paw-lin showed great pace and good kicking skills and Ae accepted the trophy as captain of the team.
In the men’s game North Lake was chasing its first victory and was in control from the start. Caleb was named best player for North Lake, Michael kicked three goals despite generally starting in the back line, Ali was a strong presence in attack and Emmanuel kicked a long goal and celebrated it in style, Feral took the mark of the day (below) and Jonathan was the captain of the team.
Thanks again to coaches May and Judy, to Sean for helping to organise things and to Liam from the West Australian Football Commission for making it all happen.