On Sunday, August 26, what could be the last football games to be played on the Globe Oval, marked the end of the 2018 Port Pirie Junior football season. All four U11 teams played exhibition matches and Port played Lions in the U13 Grand Final.
The U11 matches were keenly contested. In these Lions played Ports and St Mark’s played Solomontown. Encouragement awards, were presented to a coach-nominated player from each team.
The following were the recipients of these awards:
Lions: Thomas Cassidy
Port: Jackson Richards
Solomontown: Kye Marks.
St Mark’s: Jayden Hawkins
The U13 grand final began with all players showing great endeavour for their teams. Lions scored the first goal but Port steadied and scored the next three goals to lead at quarter-time 3-1 to 1-1. In the second quarter Port were able to establish a comfortable lead by kicking four goals without reply from the Lions. The half-time score being Port 7-3 to Lions 1-1. The second half was a more even affair but Port were able to extend their lead. Lions’ persistence was rewarded with a late goal in the last quarter. The final score was Port 10-7 to Lions 2-1. Port were the outstanding team in the U13 competition during 2018 and were well deserved Grand Final victors
Lions played valiantly against a Port team who had been undefeated all season, displaying courage and commitment for the whole game. There were many contributors from both sides but Port were too strong in many key positions, highlighted by Jake Osborne in kicking five out of the teams 10 goals. The umpires duly selected Jake as the winner of the best on ground trophy for his outstanding performance in the grand final.
Players in both teams demonstrated excellent football skills and acumen in many passages of play, and this augurs well for the future. A pleasing aspect of the game was the talent exhibited by the girls who made numerous valuable contributions to their team’s performance.
Following the conclusion of the grand final, Port players were presented with their medallions. A towel and back-pack donated by the North Adelaide Football Club was presented to each team to be given to a player of their choice.
I would like to thank the parents, grandparents and supporters, the coaches and umpires and the delegates for their contribution, not only to the success of the day, but for their support during the season. A special thanks to Holly Hosking who has been involved in junior football for 35 years, for collecting for the PPJFA during the season and for manning the gate on grand final day.