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Angels in the Midfield

Friday, June 19, 2015 - 2:40 PM

Lightning Park in Noranda set the stage for a striking performance by the Demons District in the Kirby Bentley Carnival. The Kirby Bentley Carnival, which is now in its second incarnation, is designed to provide Indigenous girls aged 13 to 17 with a junior community pathway to the WAFC Youth Girls Competition. The Demons District supported both Metro and Regional sides, with coaching duties performed by past Perth Angels FC players Leith Woods and Tiana Tetlow.

The Metro Kirby Bentley Squad worked hard during the past two months at Lynwood/Ferndale JFC and was ready to play when the siren sounded. With special guests present including the AFL Indigenous Programs Officer, Narelle Long who delivered an inspirational speech on the benefits of playing junior community football.

Demons District Metro and Regional played a number of spirited matches, with some exciting skills displayed across the three rounds. The Kirby Bentley Carnival was a big success story for the Demons District with six Belmont City College students hailing from Beagle Bay to play for the red legs at Lightning Park. Demons District Metro swept up all qualifying matches to subsequently secure a berth in the Finals of the Kirby Bentley Carnival.

But, similar to the Nicky Winmar Carnival, Demons District Metro was pipped at the post in the quarter finals by the neighbouring Swans District Metro led by Swans District Participation Officer, Maddie Morskate and Swans District Metro Coach, Courtney Ugle. Demons District Regional also dominated the Kirby Bentley Carnival by advancing to the semi-finals before being cut down to size by subsequent champions Bulldogs District Metro. But, there was a silver lining with the selection of Zyhannah Angus and Zevida Binbusu in the WA KickStart Squad.