The talents of two up-and-coming Kimberley footballers were unleashed in Perth over the weekend, with the pair making their WAFL colts debut with Claremont Football Club.
Halls Creek’s Reece Gordon and Kununurra’s Taylen Bin Busu helped in the team’s win over East Perth at Leederville Oval on Saturday.
They are the latest in a long and rich history of Kimberley products to play for the Tigers, including colts players from last season Isaiah Butters, Liam Henry, Leno Thomas, Seth Roberts and Quentin Shandley. Both boys have been on different paths to their debuts but have quickly become popular members of the playing group.
Claremont acting talent manager Jordan Smith said the debuts were well deserved and great stories for the football club.
“Reece is a versatile player who we’ve looked to use across half-back so far,” he said.
“He came to us for a brief training stint last season, before completing much of this year’s preseason training program as part of the squad.
“Being a boarder at Clontarf, unfortunately Reece had to head home during the height of the COVID period in Perth, but has been back with us for a month or so now and has deserved his opportunity to play on the weekend.”
Taylen joined the club after stints in the Northern Territory and Victoria.
“Again, through circumstance with the COVID outbreak over east, headed back to WA and made his way to Claremont being a Kimberley boy,” Smith said.
“Taylen is a very athletic player who also demonstrates handy versatility and certainly provides some exciting moments.
“The relationship with our Kimberley zone is obviously a critical one for us and it’s a credit to Carl Merrison and the crew up there involved with the Kimberley Spirit that we are able to keep providing opportunities for these talented young men to succeed down in Perth.”
He said both boys were great role models for their communities back home in the Kimberley.