Football West – Your Chance To Have Your Say!

Some of you may have already seen this, but Football West are inviting the football community to take part in a survey to gauge your satisfaction with football in the area.

Football West state:

Following the disruptions of COVID-19, Football West has launched a new study into the demographics of participants and their satisfaction with football in Western Australia to help shape the future of the game.

The Insights Project will allow Football West to collect a comprehensive data set about football fans, players, parents, club volunteers, referees and coaches.

As the sport’s governing body in WA, Football West will use the data collected to compare to the first study of this kind from 2017 and continue to review the football community and its consumption of programs and competitions.

Football West Chief Executive Officer Jamie Harnwell, who was appointed in April 2022, said the new Insights Project was crucial in assisting Football West to provide appropriate football products and services to all West Australians.

“After the challenges thrown up by COVID-19, this is a critical time for football in Western Australia with more people involved in the game than ever before,” Mr Harnwell said.  

“With the hosting of the FIFA Women’s World Cup and opening of the State Football Centre, there are some incredible opportunities that we as an organisation must be able to leverage and build upon.

“The feedback we will collect through the Insights Project will allow us to make important, informed decisions for the betterment of the game now and into the future.”

Football is the most-played team sport in Australia and has grown significantly in WA since the game’s various groups were united under the Football West banner in 2004.

Participation has rebounded strongly after a slight dip due to COVID-19, with more participants than ever before. In 2022, Football West directly engaged with over 45,000 registered players and an estimated state-wide participation in excess of 230,000.

You don’t have to be registered with Football West to complete the Overall Satisfaction Survey. This is open to everyone who participates in football in WA. 

This survey will form a baseline for more targeted surveying that will be conducted soon as part of Football West’s strategic approach to improving the game.

Please take the time to complete the survey and let’s hope that any recommendations are taken on board and changed for next season and seasons beyond that.

To complete the survey, please click here Football West Survey

Peel’s Walking Footballers – Oh So Close!

Thank you to Robert Edwards from the Peel Walking Football Club for this report:

Saturday 22nd October 2022 – Fox Football Fives, Floreat, WA

The AWFA State Festival for 2022 was held on a warm and partly cloudy day after some overnight rain which had settled the artificial grass playing surface.

Seven clubs were represented with 6 teams in the 50+ league competition and 4 teams in the 60+ competition.

It is fair to say the standard of play by all teams was to a high standard and all games played in fair, enjoyable yet competitive manner.

Congratulations to all who took.

Regarding the Peel Regional Walking Football Club teams; The Peel Ramblers in the 50+ competition and The Peel Boomers in the 60+ competition

Very good results were attained with both teams reaching the finals stage of the competition.

Peel Ramblers:

Great play by all the Ramblers players throughout the competition. Those that had not played at Floreat found it interesting but enjoyable and are keen to play there again. Whilst not winning the competition the games were a dramatic improvement over their last outing only a few weeks before.  All players should take great pride in their play and the way they represented the PRWFC.

Peel Boomers:

The Boomers suffered major setbacks in the first game after two players were injured and after trying to struggle on needed to be substituted from the rest of the competition. Even with these injured players the Boomers managed to pull off a decisive win over the Royals in the first game.

The results of the last two games were mixed, but enough to see the Boomers top of the ladder, on goal difference. 

Peel Boomers lost in the Semi-Final 1-0 to the Royals on a golden goal decision after a closely fought game

The Royals went on the win the Grand Final against Wanneroo City.

Crerar Career Continues At Rockingham City

Rockingham City have confirmed that Rob Crerar and Nathan Jones have accepted an offer to become State League Under 18’s Head Coaches for the 2023 season. Rob is no stranger to the club prior to working with the NPL under 16’s in 2022, Rob was previously a promotion winning first team coach at Rockingham and a key part of the clubs revitalisation after dropping down to the 2nd division. He also represented the club as a player over many years in the State League and WA Premier League. The knowledge him and Nathan have of the young talent in this area is second to none. Nathan enters his 9th year coaching at the club over 2 stints and possess a firm focus on player development and team structures that resulted in the majority of this year NPL 16’s experiencing state league football. This introduction is sure to hold them in good stead as they make the progression this year. The lads had this to say: Rob- “Firstly, thank you to Nathan, Kris and Darren for giving me this opportunity. Looking forward to pre season and getting to work with the players.” Nathan- “I’m really looking forward to joining the senior set up at Rockingham, I’m enjoying seeing what Kris and Darren are trying to create and am excited to be given the chance to work with them to achieve the club’s goals. To have the chance to work with Rob again is fantastic. We have a lot of talented players around the area in the 18’s age group that I can’t wait to guide towards top senior football”

The End Of Year Review

It’s coming to that time of year, where television companies do their usual Christmas special and we are no different here! As like previous years, we are looking to get as many representatives from our clubs and associations, as well as any individuals, to join me in an end of season review of the podcast.

At the moment, it is hoped the recording will be in the evening of Tuesday 15th November at a venue and time TBA (If any club can host us, that would be great) where we can grab a drink and just talk about the high’s, the low’s, the fun times and a look ahead to next season.

I anticipate this recording going for an hour, so please, if anyone (and I mean anyone) would like to come and join me in this recording, please let me know. Just drop me an email at nextgoalwinspodcast@gmail.com or send me a message on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Nextgoalwinspod or on twitter @nextgoalwinspod

Looking forward to seeing as many as you as possible on the 15th

Around The Grounds

When does the new season start….??? For some teams, it already has done and he is a quick look at the clubs social media pages to see what is happening around the grounds.

Port Kennedy’s summer walking football continues to grow, especially within the ladies groups. They are always open to new players, both men and women and have even listed the benefits that walking football does, including fitness, team working, mental health, staying mobile and making new friends. Players of any ability are welcome to join the games that are played on Wednesday evenings at Warnbro Oval from 5pm. Sessions are only $5 per player but you do get the first session free

Mandurah City announced that popular player Zak Byrne has signed for the 2023 season. Living in Australia and playing for Mandurah for over 7 years now, Zak is Mandurah through and through. The progression he has made is great to see and it is clear to see that Zak is a fan favourite. Head Coach, John Baird added: “Zak was a huge part of the squad last year and developed so much as a player on and off the park. When he was called upon he was excellent and did exactly what myself and my coaching staff asked of him. We are delighted to secure his services for 2023.” Byrne commented “Mandurah is my second home, the people in and around the club are the best in the state and I can’t wait to get started for the new season and prove my ability.”

Rockingham City have also been busy re-signing players for next season. The club are excited to confirm the Noah Lea has committed to the club for the 2023 season. When our coaches agreed on stay on for 2023 they insisted that Noah was one of the first we asked to commit with them. He was outstanding in 2022, a young dynamic and highly intelligent footballer he provides the team with great options and quality all over the park.

Rockingham City are also delighted to announce that we have secured the continued services of Danny Kilka for the 2023 season as their U16’s NPL head coach. Danny has been at RCFC for the last 3 years and the club delighted to retain him. Last season Danny held the position of head coach for the U15 NPL team. Achieving success in leading them to the top division with some impressive performances against some of the best teams in Perth. Danny’s footballing philosophy means he has achieved league success by focusing upon player development and education, rather than purely upon “results”. Last year that meant every player in the squad develop new depth to their game, in multiple positions and formations. Danny shares RCFC’s passion for football and focus upon youth development. He will be a valuable asset to the Academy program where the club expects that the player progression will see some of the under 16s into the senior playing groups next season. Danny is a well known and respected member of the Perth football community. He is a qualified FFA coach and has played professionally in Germany and the UK before emigrating to Australia in 2005.

The Peel Walking Footballers recently held a tournament in Mandurah which involved several clubs from the Perth region. The scores from the round robin matches were:

(Note 50’s had a 3-goal handicap when playing a 60’s (*) team)

Peel Ramblers 1 v Royals* 1 (Agg 1-4)

Peel Ramblers 0 v Peel Boomers* 1 (Agg 0-4)

Peel Ramblers 1 v Wanneroo Blacks 0 (Agg 1-0)

Peel Ramblers 1 v Dribblers 1 (Agg 1-1)

Peel Boomers* 0 v Dribblers 0 (Agg 3-0)

Peel Boomers* 1 v Peel Ramblers 0 (Agg 4-0)

Peel Boomers* 2 v Wanneroo Reds* 0 (Agg 2-0)

Peel Boomers* 0 v Wanneroo Blacks 1 (Agg 3-1)

Finals

50+Wanneroo Blacks 0 v Dribblers 1

60+Royals 2 v Peel Boomers 0

Consolation

Wanneroo Reds* 1 v Peel Ramblers 3 (Agg 4-3)

The inaugural AWFA Regional Festival was played on Sunday 9th October 2022 in the Mandurah Aquatic & Recreation Centre (MARC), Mandurah. The competition was played at a very high standard and in exceptionally good spirits. Most games were close, with results generally just a goal or to the difference. All visiting teams started well, the Dribblers more slowly due to adjusting to the indoor surface and heavier balls, but it didn’t take them long to adjust.

Peel were able to field two teams made up mainly from the regular Monday & Friday session players. Both sides played very well and whilst the results didn’t always go their teams way they were close and we were certainly not disgraced and gave most of the other teams a run for their money.

Around The Grounds

Well the season, playing wise is over, but there are still things going on and around our clubs and teams, so here is a quick look at what’s been happening and what is planned at the various clubs in the region.

The Peel Junior Soccer Association recently sent three teams to take part in the annual country week festival in Perth. It was another successful week where the Under 11’s won their league, while both the under 13’s and under 15’s finished third in their competitions. Also, congratulations to Tristan Subke and Ellie Lovell for being Runners Up in the Fairest and Best competition for their Divisions

Poor Kennedy’s Walking Football will be moving to Warnbro Oval (Use Aqua Jetty Car Park please) as at Wednesday 5th October, 2023 through til March 2023. The cost still remains at $5 per person. All abilities and ages are welcome and if you haven’t played before, your first session is free! Pop down to Warnbro Oval this Wednesday for some great fun and socialising with some great people!

We would like to congratulate Peel United’s Cameron Crowley who was awarded the Belt Up Metro South Division 2 golden boot award. Cameron finished the season with 22 goals in the league, as well as 6 in the cup competition.

Also winning a golden boot award for his division is Nigel Burke from Baldivis Soccer Club. Nigel scored 19 goals in his teams Amateur Division 3 league this season.

Warnbro Strikers have a spots left for their Friday night 5 a side competition. Mixed teams consisting of 5 outfield Players and a maximum of 4 substitutes, a total maximum team of 9 players. Players must be 16 years and above for player safety. Every team must have a minimum of 1 female players with 1 being on the field at all times. Competition Duration = 28th October 2022 – 16th of December 2022, continuing on the 13th of January 2023 – 24th of February 2023. Cost of Competition = $150 per player = ($10 per game to be paid upfront.) Team Entries with player names entered by 21st of October, with all players paid. Team Names & Playing colors to be entered on submission of team entries & payment.

This competition will be a non competitive environment and is provided for a social, off season event where everyone is welcome, antisocial behaviour, negativity towards staff, players or officials will not be tolerated & will result in instant dismissal from the competition. The Canteen, Bar, Clubrooms, Changing rooms & Showers will be available. If this sounds like something you are interested in, please click the link and fill out the form.

Warnbro 5 A Side Entry Form

Rockingham City are pleased to confirm registrations to attend trials for our 2023 NPL Academy are now open for all age groups. Registrations to attend are compulsory at Rockingham City Trials. The dates of these trails are Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th October.

On Sunday the 9th October, the Peel Regional Walking Footballers  in partnership with Healthway, will be holding a tournament, which involves teams from all over Perth. The competition starts at 9am at the Mandurah Aquatic And Recreation Centre. If anyone would like to go along and see what walking football is all about, they will happily welcome you along and answer any questions you have or where your nearest venue is.

Congratulations to Port Kennedy’s Taylor Olsen

We would like to pass on our congratulations to Taylor Olson from Port Kennedy Soccer Club Inc. “Official” who took out the Rockingham Volunteer of the Year Sports Star Awards for 2022.

Everyone at the club would like to thank you for all the amazing work you have contributed to the Club over the past 4 years.

Port Kennedy Soccer Club was also named as a Finalist for Sports Club of the Year for 2022.

Vote For Di!

As part of Football West’s promotion of recognising volunteers of our wonderful game, this months nominees also include Mandurah City secretary Di Eldridge.

Di have been involved in WA football for 20 years now and has been Mandurah City’s secretary for the last 6.

Football West state:

The criteria to be on the shortlist are determined through three main areas to highlight a volunteers contribution:

1. How the volunteer has gone above and beyond to positively impact the football community and beyond where applicable.

2. How the volunteer is leading the way in creating inclusive and safe environments for people to connect, inspire and achieve together.

3. The volunteer has demonstrated commitment to the health and wellbeing of people in their football community.

TO VOTE | Share the specific digital football card on Facebook to cast your vote. The specific digital football card which receives the most public shares will be the winner of a $100 sports gift voucher, thanks to HealthwayThink Mental Health campaign.

Each winner will also be nominated for the Volunteer of the Year award, where the winner’s club will receive a branding package from The Computing Australia Group (www.computingaustralia.com.au) worth $5000.

October nominations are now open. To see all of our entries, and to send us your nominees, go to www.footballwest.com.au/best-of-the-west.

The link to the Football West Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/FootballWest. Click on the latest Best Of The West post, find Di’s picture and share to all your Facebook friends.

Well done on your nomination Di and good luck!

The Sunday Review

Peel United’s 2-2 draw with Wembley Downs in Sunday’s Amateur Division meant they were mathematically safe from relegation and will spend another season in the top Division. Port Kennedy of Division 1 are also safe from relegation, despite going down 4-2 at Hamersley Rovers. Mandurah City’s result from Division 2 is still unknown, while in Division 3, Baldivis beat Forrestfield United 1-0 to keep their faint hopes of promotion alive but Warnbro Strikers in Division 4 had a bad day at the office, losing 9-2 at home to Perth Royals and slip to the bottom of the table.

In the women’s leagues, Baldivis Districts lost 7-1 at home to Fremantle City in the Amateur Division, while in the Metro leagues, south Division 1 champions Port Kennedy drew 2-2 with Gosnells City. In south division 2, Port Kennedy, who are also the league champions, beat Warnbro Strikers 3-0. Rockingham United beat Fremantle City 6-2 but Mandurah City lost 6-0 to Kalamunda United. In south division 3, ten goals were shared as Rockingham United beat Aubin Grove United 6-4.

In the men’s Metro, Baldivis drew 1-1 with Carramar Shamrock Rovers in the premier division. South Division 1 saw AFC Rockingham draw 1-1 with Curtin University, Mandurah beating Queens Park 1-0 and Port Kennedy winning 6-3 at home to Victoria Park. It’s all to play for in south Division 2 as Peel United beat Curtin University 8-1 to remain 1 point behind leaders Sporting Warriors with 1 game to go. Sporting Warriors beat Port Kennedy 5-0 on Sunday while Baldivis lost 4-2 at home to Spearwood Dalmatinac. In south Division 3, Peel United lost 6-1 to MUM FC and there was a 2-2 draw in south Division 4 between Queens Park and AFC Rockingham.

Finally, in the masters leagues, Port Kennedy of the south premier drew 2-2 with MUM FC in midweek. Baldivis lost 4-1 to Forrestfield United in south Division 2. AFC Rockingham beat Fremantle City 2-1 in the over 45’s and Baldivis beat Spearwood Dalmatinac 5-0.

Disappointing Day At The Junior Top 4 Finals

Unfortunately, it just wasn’t our day for the teams playing in the top 4 finals, with only Port Kennedy in the under 14’s winning their final. All the games were very close and reports from some of the games suggest that on another day, the outcome would have been different. Congratulations to all our sides in a successful season. Here are the results from the games featuring our sides from Sunday.

Under 13’s Division 2: Port Kennedy 2 Woodvale 3

Under 14’s South Division 3: Beeliar Spirit 1 Port Kennedy 2

Under 15’s South Division 1: Baldivis 0 Western Knights 2

Under 16’s Division 2: Hamersley Rovers 3 Mandurah City 1

Under 18’s Division 1: Ellenbrook United 2 Rockingham City 0

Under 14’s Girls Division 4: Lynwood United 1 Mandurah City 0

The Sunday Preview

Along with all the Junior Top 4 finals happening on Sunday, there is still games in the senior leagues this weekend.

In the masters leagues, Baldivis are at home to Forrestfield United and Mandurah City are awayvat Belmont Villa. AFC Rockingham are away to Fremantle City in the over 45’s and Baldivis are at home to Spearwood Dalmatinac.

The men’s Metro leagues has Baldivis going to Carramar Shamrock Rovers in the premier division, while in south Division 1, AFC Rockingham go to Curtin University, Port Kennedy are at home to Victoria Park and Mandurah City host Queens Park. South Division 2 has Peel United at home to Curtin University, Baldivis at home to Spearwood Dalmatinac and Port Kennedy go to Sporting Warriors. Peel United’s south Division 3 side travel to MUM FC and in south Division 4, Murray District Rangers host Perth Hills United and AFC Rockingham go to Queens Park.

In the women’s leagues, Baldivis Districts are at home to Fremantle City in the Amateur Division and in south Division 2, Rockingham City travel to Fremantle City, Mandurah City go to Kalamunda United and there is a local derby as Port Kennedy host Warnbro Strikers while in south Division 3, Rockingham United host Aubin Grove United.

In the men’s Amateur League, Peel United are at home to Wembley Downs in the premier division, Port Kennedy travel to Hamersley Rovers in division 1, Mandurah City are at home to Balljura in Division 2, Baldivis travel to Forrestfield in Division 3 and in Division 4, Warnbro Strikers are at home to Perth Royals.

To all our teams, especially those Juniors in the top 4 finals, we wish you the very best of Luck!

Junior Top Four Finals Details Announced

It will be the biggest day of the season for the Junior clubs involved in the top 4 finals on Sunday and here are the details of where and when they will be played. (All games on Sunday)

Under 13’s Division 2: Port Kennedy v Woodvale 10.30am UWA Sports Park

Under 14’s South Division 3: Beeliar Spirit v Port Kennedy 11.45am UWA Sports Park

Under 15’s South Division 1: Baldivis v Western Knights 9.45am Rosalie Park

Under 16’s Division 2: Mandurah City v Hamersley Rovers 11.15am UWA Sports Park

Under 18’s Division 1: Ellenbrook United v Rockingham City 1.00pm Rosalie Park

Under 14’s Girls Division 4: Lynwood United v Mandurah City 12.00pm UWA Sports Park

We wish all our teams the very best of luck and hope you all win!

Around The Grounds

Away from the playing side of the game, many clubs have got events going on or planned, so here is a look at what is happening round out clubs and beyond.

Mandurah City:

Mandurah City have already started to sign players for next season. With the bulk of this seasons squad staying for another year, coach John Baird has recently signed up Rockingham City centre forward, Shaun Mukwevho for the 2023 season.

Mandurah City are also hold their annual summer 5 a side and 7 a side competitions. These games take place on a Wednesday night, starting from the 12th October. Registration forms for the competition can be found here: https://www.mandurahcityfc.com.au/copy-of-the-club

Trials for the juniors are happening on the 11th and 14th October. The trials will go towards selecting the squads for the NPL and development teams for 2023. Players are invited to express their interest by filing out this form online Expressions OF Interest

Rockingham City:

Perhaps the biggest name signing for our local clubs comes from Rockingham City who are delighted to announce the appointment of Gary Stevens as Club Technical Director. Gary has enjoyed an amazing footballing career playing for Everton and Rangers for long spells during their most successful eras. He has many accolades including a European Cup Winners Medal. With 46 appearances for England including in 2 World Cups his football experience is unrivalled in our community.

The club are having a parent and player forum on Thursday 15th September. The club invites all current and future players to come along and hear what the club has in store for the 2023 season. The events starts at 6.30pm at the Lark Hill club house.

Rockingham City are also holding the kick it sevens competition during the first part of the summer. With the games being played on a Friday evening, starting from Friday 21st October and running for an 8 week period, these games are designed for ages between 9 and 14. With the fees being only $80 for the season, you are encouraged to look at the clubs Facebook page or at https://kickitfootball.com.au/rockinghamcity for details on how to register.

Peel United:

Peel United are inviting all present and past players, coaches, members, and friends to acknowledge 10 years of the club and all it has achieved with dinner, drinks, awards and celebrations. The event is on Saturday 22nd October 2022 at the Bortolo Pavilion and cost $60 per person. Tickets for this event can be bought from here https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/peel-united

Murray District Rangers:

The team at Murray District Rangers recently had an awards ceremony where they announced only their fourth life member. Kate Matthews-Morgan joins Carl Duxbury, MaryAnn Williams and Robyn Mounsey in this achievement . The club said that Kate has volunteered at the club for the past 15 years, taking on such roles as team manager, juniors coordinator, coach, committee member….all while being a working Mum, FIFO wife & Mum to her 4 boys. Congratulations Kate and keep up the good work.

Port Kennedy:

On Friday 9th September, Port Kennedy attended the annual Clubs WA award ceremony in Fremantle. Along with being recognised for the clubs 25th season, they were also awarded the Clubs WA Achievement Award for our overall growth, resilience and commitment through out the redevelopment of the Club over the past 18 months.

Working along side the Peel Regional Walking Football Club, walking football is on every Wednesday evening between 5 and 6pm. This is free to join and open to both men and women and there is a free cuppa in the club house afterwards.

If you have anything on at your club that we may have missed, please do email us at nextgoalwinspodcast and we will happily publish it on here. We are always on the look out for podcast ideas through the summer. We have a few local hero interviews lined up, but would love more. Please email over your nominations from your club or any other suggestions for the podcast or website.

The Sunday Review – Seniors

While the Junior section is in finals mode, there is still plenty of senior football being played on a Sunday.

Starting off in the masters leagues, where Port Kennedy in the South premier had a 3-0 win over UWA Nedlands but no such luck for Baldivis in the South Division as they went down 1-0 to South Perth United. AFC Rockingham won 3-0 against Forrestfield United in the over 45’s group A and Baldivis in group B had an even better result, beating MUM FC 5-0.

In the men’s Metro leagues, Baldivis went down 2-1 to Perth in the premier division, while in south Division 1, Port Kennedy lost 3-2 against South Perth United, AFC Rockingham lost 3-1 to MUM FC and Mandurah City drew 2-2 with Curtin University. Baldivis in south Division 2 won the local derby, beating Port Kennedy 3-1 and in the South Division 4, Murray District Rangers won the local derby against AFC Rockingham 3-1.

In the women’s Metro leagues, south Division 2 saw .Port Kennedy beat Mandurah City 9-1, Warnbro Strikers beat Kelmscott Roos 6-0 but Rockingham United lost 4-3 to South Perth United.

In the men’s Amateur League, Peel United lost 2-0 to Queens Park in the premier division, Port Kennedy beat Olympic Kingsway 2-1 in Division 1, Mandurah City won 3-2 against Westnam United in Division 2. In Division 3, Baldivis lost 2-0 against Cracovia and finally, in Division 4, Warnbro Strikers lost 3-1 to UWA Nedlands.

The Sunday Review – Juniors

There will be Junior teams representing our region at next week’s top for finals but unfortunately there are some whose season has now come to an end.

We start the congratulations with Port Kennedy and their under 13’s Division 2 side who beat North Beach 2-0 and will face Woodvale in the final, while their under 14 south Division 3 side beat Canning City 3-2 on penalties. Baldivis of the under 15’s South Division 1 beat Sutherlands Park 5-0. Mandurah City of the under 16’s Division 2 beat Noranda on penalties and in the under 18’s, it will be a repeat of the recent cup final as Rockingham City will face Ellenbrook United in the Division 1 final.

And onto those sides where is so near, but now can start planning for next season. Rockingham City under 13’s South Division 1 side lost 5-2 against Armadale and Baldivis of south Division 2 went down 2-0 against Beeliar Spirit. In the under 14’s, Rockingham City lost 4-1 to Belmont and the under 15’s lost 2-1 against Western Knights. Under 16’s Division 1 side Warnbro Strikers lost 4-3 against MUM FC. Port Kennedy’s under 18’s in Division 3 lost 2-1 to Aubin Grove.

In the Girls top four semi finals, Rockingham City lost 3-1 to Kingsley Westside in Division 2 but Mandurah City progressed to the Division 4 final after beating Mindarie 3-1. Finally, Rockingham United lost 4-0 to Woodvale in the under 16’s Division 3 semi.

O’Brien’s Magic

The state league division 1 top goalscorer, Joe O’Brien was the hero for Mandurah City on Sunday afternoon as they beat title winners Olympic Kingsway 1-0 in the top 4 final at Dorrien Gardens.

Mandurah started the game on the front foot and had lots of early pressure in the first 20 minutes of the game but were unable to break the deadlock. Kingsway then got into the game and with neither team creating a clear goalscoring opportunity, the game remained 0-0 at half time.

The second half started the same way as the first but Alfie Brincat in the Mandurah goal was the busier of the two keepers producing a series of fine saves to keep a clean sheet.

The crowd were then sensing that it would take a moment of magic to seal the game for either side and it was O’Brien’s wizardry, with his only opportunity of the game who sealed the win for Mandurah.

Kinsway tried to get back into the game but then they were reduced down to 10 men, it was effectively game over for them and the Dolphins got the deserved victory.

Joe O’Brien’s winners medal and smile!