First top 10 finish for Western at AFL carnival

Parkes’ Western representatives in their heritage jerseys, from left – Brendon Trim, Mitch Wright, Jason Wright, Sakiasi Sodrodro, Koby Johnston, Matt Dillon and Mark Ranger (manager). subSix Parkes primary school students represented Western Region at the 2014 New South Wales Primary Schools Sport Association (PSSA) AFL championships held at Macquarie University in the northern suburbs of Sydney.

13 regions competed in this year’s carnival which coincided with the celebrations for 125 years of PSSA sport.

Parkes was well represented at the carnival with a total of seven players.

Jason Wright, Sakiasi Sodrodro, Matt Dillion, Koby Johnstone, Mitch Wright (all from Parkes Public School) and Brendon Trim (Middleton Public School) were all great ambassadors for their schools and Parkes.

Thomas Mercer (Holy Family School) represented Polding who finished fifth overall.

Teams embraced their proud footballing heritage by wearing ‘heritage strips’, reflecting uniforms worn by previous generations of students.

Western played some competitive football to finish 10th, winning one game from five.

On day one, Western was defeated by Sydney South West (5.7.47 to 1.0.6) and South Coast (16.9.105 to 0.0.00).

It was a hard start to day two for Western, going down to Sydney North (13.12.90 to 0.0.00). With their backs to the wall, Western were not about to throw in the towel.

They recorded their first ever win against North Coast (5.2.32 to 4.4.28).

On the final day of the carnival, Western faced off with Sydney South West again in a battle for 9th and 10th position.

They played some great football but went down (11.6.72 to 2.0.12).

Western Region Coach Joel Wilson from Dunedoo Central School said he was very proud of the boys’ commitment shown and the way they played as a team.

He went on to say that since Western re-joined the carnival in 2009, they had never defeated North Coast and had never finished in the top 10.

PSSA AFL has been a successful pathway for many professional AFL footballers including current Sydney Swans coach John Longmire who played 200 games for the North Melbourne Kangaroos, including the 1999 grand final victory over Carlton.

He also coached the Sydney Swans to the 2012 premiership.

John was back at the carnival where it all started, cheering on his son Thomas Longmire who played for Sydney East.

Leo Barry, who played 237 games for Sydney Swans, came through the same system as a student and was also spectating at the carnival.

He watched his son Caleb Barry from Sydney East.

Mackillop were the winners of the carnival, defeating Riverina (9.8.62 to 3.3.21).

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