The SWFL colts team had a tough time at the CBH Group colts country football championships in Mandurah, winning only one of their four matches.
Heading into the carnival, the SWFL — who narrowly lost against Peel in the 2021 grand final — were expected to reach the business end of the competition, given their quality line up.
However all hopes of championship glory were put on ice early, after the SWFL suffered a surprise 7.1 (43) to 5.4 (34) loss against the Northern Suns in their opening round-robin game on Thursday morning.
The Suns were hard at the ball, played direct and capitalised on a handy breeze favouring the Mandurah Forum Shopping Centre end of the ground.
Trailing by 24 points at the 15-minute mark of the first half, the SWFL fought back to get within four points during the early stages of the second stanza.
Unfortunately for SWFL coach Brett Maguire, some loose checking in defence shortly after resulted in a goal against the run of play to Kane O’Driscoll, which extinguished their momentum.
The SWFL were able to end the opening day with a 6.1 (37) to 3.7 (25) win over the Great Southern Storm, which left them fifth on the table heading into day two — with percentage and victory crucial in their final two matches.
Any hopes of reaching the grand final were quashed when Regional Districts narrowly pipped the SWFL 5.4 (34) to 4.2 (26) on Friday morning, with a final game loss against Peel 7.4 (46) to 4.3 (27) completing a day of frustration.
However it was not all doom and gloom for the SWFL, with Dunsborough’s Jude Mazzucchelli receiving All Star recognition for his fantastic performances.
Peel won their second consecutive title, thrashing the Great Northern Football League 8.2 (50) to 1.5 (11) in the grand final.