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The 8th annual Woodside Cup curtain raiser was played on the hallowed turf of Domain Stadium on Sunday and saw 50 Year 12 Clontarf students from across the state compete for the coveted trophy.

Played prior to the Dockers v Bombers match, the Cup was hotly contested by two mixed teams made of students from across WA, including Karratha, Great Southern (Albany), Gilmore (Kwinana), South West (Bunbury), Carnarvon, Midwest (Geraldton), Goldfields (Kalgoorlie), Cecil Andrews (Armadale), Clontarf (Waterford), Coodanup (Mandurah), Karratha, Girrawheen, Northam, Sevenoaks (Cannington) and Swan View.

After a close game played in true Clontarf Spirit, the Purple team came away with the win.

Scores were level at the last break which led to a frenetic final quarter with defence a clear focus from the coaches. Both teams worked hard but the White team eventually ran out of legs on what turned out to be an exceptionally warm autumn day.

Purple team coach Craig Civich (Clontarf Academy Operations Officer) was humbled to receive the trophy from Michael Abbott, Senior Vice President Corporate and Legal and General Counsel at Woodside.

Karratha Academy Operations Officer Joey Kickett, who made the trip down from the Pilbara with four Academy students, said the boys looked forward to the event for months in advance.

“They know it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to play on an AFL ground as coveted as Domain Stadium, so they work really hard at school all year to give themselves the best chance of being selected,” he said.

“We don’t pick just the best footy players, but those who’ve been committed to school and displayed leadership in and around the Academy and within their communities.”

The lead up to the game saw students and Clontarf partners enjoy breakfast and a chance to mingle at Council House Gardens on Friday morning. Students were thrilled to have the opportunity to meet Federal Member for Swan Steve Irons MP and WA Minister for Education and Training the Hon. Sue Ellery MLC, as well as a host of senior members from valued Clontarf partner organisations.

Breakfast was capped off with a trek across Perth CBD as part of a ‘Mystery in the City’ puzzle challenge, followed by lunch hosted by Chris Salisbury, chief executive of Rio Tinto’s Iron Ore group at Central Park, and a much anticipated training session at the Fremantle Dockers’ new training facility in Cockburn.

In addition to having the privilege of training on the new oval, the students also heard from Michael Johnson (Clontarf alumnus) and Jon Griffin from the Fremantle Dockers. They also gained vital career advice from Trevor Armstrong (Clontarf alumnus) and Tristian Kolay from Woodside during an engaging employment session.

Clontarf would like to thank Woodside and the Fremantle Dockers as well as the many partners who supported our students over the weekend.

Link to Fremantle Dockers article: http://www.fremantlefc.com.au/news/2017-05-05/johnson-passes-it-on

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