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Young Lions Remain Fierce at 2019 Nic Naitanui Cup

Monday, November 18, 2019 - 10:29 AM

On Friday Night 15th November the West Coast Eagles held their annual Nic Naitanui Cup carnival under lights at Mineral Resources Park. 8 teams representing 4 Districts turned up in what was the biggest and Hottest Carnival yet. The Subiaco District team coached by former SFC Premiership player Brad Stevenson, were not deterred from the 38-degree heat; the Young Lions team started the night with a bang overcoming a very skilled East Perth District side by a narrow 9 points. Despite a tough round 1 game, the night only got more challenging for the young lions as they had to gear up for the Subiaco District derby in game 2 against a very strong Edmund Rice team. District Development Officer Matt Debarro had this to say. “It was a great derby game. I was so impressed with both team’s skills, endeavour and spirit. It was a thriller of a match and I was so proud of the young players in our side for stepping up and snatching the win.”

The Lions managed a 7-point win in game 2 after a stunning late surge to kick the last 3 goals. Game 3 however was to be the biggest challenge against a very strong Perth District team led by former Metro North Community Development Officer, now Perth Development Officer Kris Shannon. The young Lions fought bravely but Perth were too good on the night downing the Lions to advance to the grand-final. Lions coach Brad Stevenson commented. “I was so proud of the way our team came together. The players really worked hard and played a good team brand of footy. I look forward to working with the boys again for next year’s carnival.”

It was a great night of Footy that showcased some of the great talent from the multicultural players within the Subiaco, Perth, Swans and East Perth Districts. The night was capped of by a visit from none other than the great man himself Nic Naitanui. The players lit up when Nic joined in their team huddles and gave the boys some words of encouragement. No doubt 2020 will reach new heights.