Whyalla’s Under 14 footy team were recently given the chance to showcase their skills at the North Adelaide U14 Football Carnival.
The group took on teams from Port Pirie, Port Augusta and Northern Areas, and finished equal second after recording a win, a draw, and a loss.
Coach Kemal Brkic was very pleased with the team’s effort.
“We did tremendously well, the theme of the day was the little things – smothers, tackles, and teamwork,” he said.
“Right from the outset they did that, they played very hard and intense football.”
Mr Brkic said the carnival was a welcome challenge for the boys, and helped better their development as players.
“We missed a couple of opportunities in our draw against Port Augusta, the effort was there but unfortunately the things didn’t go our way in the end,” he said.
“Competitions like this reward players who have potential, there should be more of it – it would be great to have something like this twice a year.
“We did have a development program prior to Christmas, a lot of the players who attended it were selected for this team.
Cameron Dempsey was named as Whyalla’s best player in the carnival, and was presented with an NAFC Award by Development Officer Neil Sanders.
Mr Brkic congratulated all of the players who were selected for the team, and thanked them for their effort.