Busselton delivers terrific Regional Festival of Football

Football West's sixth annual Regional Festival of Football ended in style on Saturday with over 500 spectators at Barnard Park watching an entertaining NPLWA - Men's game between Sorrento and Perth Glory.

The Gulls rounded off a terrific day in Busselton with a 2-0 win to go top of the table, Dean Cummings and Chris Jackson the scorers.

Dean Cummings opens the scoring for Sorrento. Photo by Football West
Dean Cummings opens the scoring for Sorrento. Photo by Football West

As well as the main game, there was also a Youth fixture from the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Junior Soccer Association between Busselton City and Vasse FC. Fittingly in their 100-year anniversary, the spoils went the way of Busselton City who were well represented by president Sami Ryan, past and present committee members as well as life members.

Also on Saturday, the Hyundai NTC NPLWA - Women's team and coaches ran a fantastic 90-minute session with a number of LNJSA junior girls.

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The Hyundai NTC players and coaches line up with young female players from the LNJSA. Photo by Football West

Earlier in the week there had been a series of free workshops and coaching programs with clubs and schools, led by Community Participation Officer – Leeuwin Cape Naturalist Juan Propato, including a Club Development Day at Football Margaret River, a skills session at Capel Primary School and a coaching clinic at Cape Naturaliste College.

Football West General Manager - Football Perry Ielati said: "Congratulations to everyone who helped put together a successful Regional Festival of Football in the South West.

"Football West is proud to come to the regions and help put on a show, and it was great to see so many local players, coaches and volunteers coming out to support the festival. We were also delighted to take part in Busselton City's celebrations and recognise the hard work of Sami Ryan and her team.

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Football West CEO Jamie Harnwell, right, with Busselton City club president Sami Ryan, third right, and past and present committee members and life members of the club which is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Photo by Football West

"We were also pleased to bring the main prize in the Hyundai Community Football Raffle along to Barnard Park - a brand-new Hyundai i30 Sedan N Line which is valued at over $35,000. There seemed to be quite a bit of interest from people in the car so hopefully we were able to help local clubs raise funds - remember all money raised through ticket sales is retained by clubs.

"Finally, I would like to thank the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and the City of Busselton for their support and financial backing for the event. The Regional Festival of Football is hugely important for football in Western Australia, especially in helping connect the sport in the regions with the metro area, and the support is vital as we continue to grow the sport."


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Some of the the Hyundai NTC players with the Hyundai Community Football Raffle first prize,  a brand-new Hyundai i30 Sedan N Line which is valued at over $35,000. Photo by Football West
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LNJSA Youth teams from Busselton City and Vasse FC played in the curtain-raiser game. Photo by Football West