THE WA Country Football League (WACFL) New Holland State side got its first hit out for 2015 with a solid win against the WA Amateur Football League (WAAFL) Under 23s under lights in Mandurah last Friday.
WACFL won 12.14: 86 to WAAFL 4.13: 37
It was a new look side with many of the players representing WA for the first time.
Newly appointed State Country coach Craig Walker was happy with the hit out saying all the guys that played acquitted themselves extremely well and the commitment of the players to the program this year has been really pleasing.
While the team had a strong win, Walker was still on the lookout for players in the lead up to the Landmark Carnival and match against South Australia on July 25.
"Selectors will be on the lookout for players that are rock hard fit and we believe can stand up at a higher level," he said.
"We know South Australia's team will be strong and fit so we'll be selecting a squad that we know can match it with them in these areas."
After a number of stints in the WAFL system, Narrogin forward Mark Deaves was the stand out performer kicking five goals for the Country team.
WACFL goal kickers: Mark Deaves 5, Alex James 2, Caleb Shadbold 1, Luke Bairstow 1, Brad Holmes 1, Chris Kane 1, Tim Bruce 1
WACFL best: Mark Deaves, Chris Kane, Caleb Shadbolt, Chris Shawcross, Luke Bairstow, Josh Simpson, Rohan Fariss
p Great Southern Carnival
The Great Southern Carnival returned to Lake Grace for 2015 with seven teams competing.
Upper Great Southern and the Great Southern came into the final game undefeated with the winner of the final match deciding the carnival champion.
The Uppers boys came out fired up in the second half and using their big bodies and speed around the contest they kicked away with the game to run out two point winners in a thriller.
Kendall Wittwer was a big influence in the ruck for Uppers with Corey Salmon and Issac Battersby doing the damage at ground level.
For the Great Southern, Chrsitof Cronje, Chandler Askevold-McDonald and Coen Marwick battled hard.
The Great Southern Council recently mourned the passing of Harry Reeves and the medal named in his honour for the carnival's best player was a tie between Brendon White, Esperance and Chad Wrigley, Peel.
p Northern Colts Carnival
The Great Northern Colts team was again untouchable at the Northern Colts Carnival in Wongan Hills but there was a vast improvement shown in competing teams.
There was wild weather throughout the carnival which led to some tough hard footy being played.
The Central Midlands Coastal outfit tied for third with Avon after being three goals down late in the game and a late snap by Preston Symonds amazingly bounced through after the final siren to draw the match.
North Midlands put up a spirited performance in the 1v2 final but was unable to match the GNFL who kicked some classy goals in atrocious conditions.
North Midlands on baller Sam Perkusich was voted the player of the carnival and looks to have a bright future.