Blazers win Northern Carnival

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IT’S a long way from Tennant Creek to Kununurra but 20 young fellas from the Tennant Creek Clontarf Academy made that 1200km journey to contest the Clontarf Foundation’s premier Under-15 football tournament, the Northern Carnival.

Only fellas who had been attending school and training regularly would be chosen for the trip.

This year 16 Western Australian and Northern Territorian Clontarf Academies, from Broome to Nightcliff, Yirrakala to the Kimberley’s, would be competing.

It was a long trip for the Barkly Blazers although they were lucky enough to break it up both ways with a stop at Katherine (huge thanks to Woolfey, Matty and the rest of the fellas at the Katherine Clontarf Academy for their hospitality).

So, after leaving on Sunday they made camp at a caravan park in Kununurra on Monday night and hit the swags early in preparation for a big day of football.

Five games lay ahead of the Junior Blazers on the Tuesday and if they could win the majority of them they would be in for a shot at the Grand Final the next day.

The fellas were playing a great brand of footy right from the start, getting their head over the ball and sharing it around with their teammates.

And it was the smaller players that were setting the example, Dwight Hayes, Rowan Beasley, Mathias Raymond and Darren Noonan all getting in and under for their team.

The big men were doing their bit, too, taking plenty of marks at both ends of the ground and slotting goals when they were in front of the big sticks, Donovan Grant, Baiden Dawson, Jason Anketell, Caiden Holt and Joseph Shannon all making an impact over the course of the day.

Dion Burton and Darryl Waistcoat were dominating across the back half while Jayden Lovegrove, Jamarl Bostock and Zieran Scrutton were helping give the Blazers first use in the middle and Bradley Frank and Jordan Shadforth were giving strong support in the rotations.

At the end of the day the Blazers had only dropped one match and would have to wait on the result of their match the next day to see if they would make it to the Grand Final.

After a refreshing swim in the pool the players headed to the Town Oval that night for a feed of bbq and to watch a couple of games in the other division under lights. Everyone was beat from a big day, though, and it was early to bed under the stars once again.

The next morning the Blazers were on the field before 9am and managed a terrific win to put themselves second on the ladder for their division and into the Grand Final against Rosebery, the only team to beat them throughout the carnival.

It was a cracking match played at a fierce pace and it was fought right up to the final whistle – and the Blazers won!

After a lot of cheering and shaking hands the young Tennant Creekers headed off to the awards ceremony to get their premiership medallions and the Northern Carnival Shield.

There were also individual medals awarded to: Mattaniah Bain (Clontarf Spirit Award); Isiah Farrell-Nelson (Coaches Award); Eric Waistcoat (Clontarf All-Star Award) and Walter Raymond (Clontarf All-Star Award).

Congratulations to the Northern Carnival Champions – the Barkly Blazers of Tennant Creek Clontarf Academy!

GAME TIME: The Barkly Blazers in action at the Northern Carnival

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