Club’s triumphant return

Club’s triumphant return

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Canning Vale Senior Football Club player Dylan Plumridge tackling Trohne Ugle.

The Canning Vale Senior Football Club returned to competitive football last Saturday, with the change of guidelines from the state government allowing contact sport.

A good number of supporters attended to watch the games, giving the Cougars boasting rights over the AFL clubs by having a bigger crowd at a football game.

The spectators were supportive of their team and followed COVID-19 guidelines remaining in segregated spectator areas.

Club president Scott Branch said there was a feel of excitement from the players, coaches and spectators to be back playing and watching live football.

“Two Intraclub scratch matches were held with both games showing the talents on offer,” he said.

“The coaches had an opportunity to view many of the new recruits in full flight and the games were played at a fast pace despite the weather conditions.

“The colts team competed well against the bigger bodied senior men and they controlled the second quarter, kicking several quality goals.”

Mr Branch said Josh ‘Sugar’ Price featured prominently for the colts’ team and the Walsh brothers showed they will be key figures in the revised 2020 season for new colts’ coach Fabian D’Agnone.”

The second game saw the return of several players who missed last season with significant injuries.

Mr Branch said the Phillips brothers showed the coaches how important they will be in 2020 once they get some more matches under their belts.

“Alec Cook and Dane Swan were back to their brilliant bests,” he said.

“New recruit, Mark Fraser, toiled hard in the ruck and looks likely he will add a much-needed, larger presence as Adam Milson is coming into the twilight of his playing days.

“League coach, Darren Brealey, is going to have a weekly dilemma picking his teams with a stronger playing group at his disposal – a nice problem to have.”

The Cougars will be playing some more Intraclub scratch matches this Saturday morning, June 20 at Clifton Park with the Women’s team having a hit out as well.

The 2020 season kicks off on July 4 and the Perth Football League fixtures will be released soon.