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Match builds community strength | The West Australian

The sixth annual East Kimberley Clontarf Academy versus emergency services football game got a little intense at times out on the Kununurra Town Oval.

Originally, the match featured students from the academy playing against a team of adults, but in recent years the teams have been made up of players from both demographics.

There were some big hits by police on their fellow officers and some nifty skills from the students.

Jai Long Farquharson from Halls Creek was one of the best on ground for the game as was a player from a visiting Queensland Clontarf Academy.

Sergeant Ian Morris provided some entertainment with his diving marks, often going horizontal like a plank of wood perpendicular to the the ground as he grabbed the ball around the goal square.

East Kimberley academy director James Castles said it was his first time being involved with the game and he was amazed by the contributions and attendance of community members.

“It’s something we want to grow,” he said.

“It was really pleasing to see community come to an important event like that.

“Particularly when there is a layer of recognising the RU OK message and the issues around depression and anxiety and men’s health. It’s a good opportunity to come together as a community and celebrate the great strength of our community.”

Police, St John Ambulance, Kununurra Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and school teachers all took part in the game.

Eric Benning.Eric Benning.
Camera IconEric Benning.
Two players on the same team go up for the mark.Two players on the same team go up for the mark.
Camera IconTwo players on the same team go up for the mark.Picture: Peter de Kruijff/The Kimberley Echo
It was a hard quick game in the middle of the ground.It was a hard quick game in the middle of the ground.
Camera IconIt was a hard quick game in the middle of the ground.Picture: Peter de Kruijff/The Kimberley Echo
There were some high flying contests.There were some high flying contests.
Camera IconThere were some high flying contests.Picture: Peter de Kruijff/The Kimberley Echo
Players cool off under the fire truck hose.Players cool off under the fire truck hose.
Camera IconPlayers cool off under the fire truck hose.
Gus Forbes tries to get the hand ball off.Gus Forbes tries to get the hand ball off.
Camera IconGus Forbes tries to get the hand ball off.
Devan Seymour.Devan Seymour.
Camera IconDevan Seymour.Picture: Peter de Kruijff/The Kimberley Echo

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