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Year 9 Great Southern Regional Interschool Football Carnival
On Tuesday the 9th of June Denmark SHS participated in the Year 9 Great Southern Regional Interschool Football Carnival. The competition was held on the North Road Junior Football ovals in Albany in extremely pleasant conditions.
The competition followed a round robin format playing each participating school once. Each game is played over two 10 min halves. From these a culminating Grand final game decides the overall winner. Denmark being a small school in relation to the others was allowed to include 2 Year 10 players per game. We also decided to give some Year 8 boys an opportunity. This year’s participating school included Albany SHS, North Albany SHS, St Joesph’s College, Great Southern Grammar and Mt Barker SHS.
After departing a little late from our school, the boys jumped straight off the bus to stretch and warm up prior to the first game. Our first game was against Mt Barker which we started promisingly with a nice 3 goal lead at half time. The boys then assumed the job was done and Mt Barker responded and we were luckily saved by the siren winning by just 1 point. Balin Burns played well from limited opportunities. Other players to mention included Max Cummunskey and Hayden Walton who gave an inspirational half time address to us all.
The second game was against Great Southern Grammar who had some outstanding individual players that combined well to out perform us in a hard fought contest. The backline held firm under some significant pressure and special mentions go to Toby Burton, Tom Darwin, Leighton Rogers and Ben Edwards for their individual defensive efforts.
Game three was against Albany Senior High School who fielded seven Claremont development under 15 Squad members to our 1 (Max Cummunskey). The ASHS team was far superior on the day and the boys tried hard to stem the flow and keep some respectability on the scoreboard. Tom Candy and Joel Dodson worked hard all game as did Hayden Walton and Shai Bosman.
Against St Joseph’s College in the 4th game the boys regained some mojo and played an outstanding 20 minutes of football. The boys scored frequently and defended strongly resulting in a significantly one sided encounter. Special mentions again went to Shai Bosman, Zac Watkins and William Rooke who played their best games and the ever reliable Max again played well.
Our final encounter was against NASHS and we continued on in the same fashion we finished against ‘Grammar’. Hayden and Shai were instrumental and Toby’s kicks with the wind on those tiny North Road junior ovals were equivalent to those of Dustin Fletcher or Shannon Hurn. Jackson Whooley was into everything and Connor Pomery performed well in defence.
We finished an impressive 3rd and Shai Bosman won the “Best Player” award. Many thanks are extended to Alan Knight for his School organisation, Clay Western for umpiring and Matthew Palmer forced out due to an ankle injury for goal umpiring. Thanks also to Tom Moir and his crew for organising the carnival. A great event on a glorious day.

Gavin Palmer