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LANDMARK | 15 June 2010

South West retains rightful place as powerhouse of country football

Players from the South West Football league are looking forward to the chance to return to the top of country football at this year’s Landmark Country Championships following a disappointing 2009 campaign.

After narrowly losing both their matches at last year’s carnival, South West were faced with the prospect of relegation to B section for the first time in the league’s 45 year Landmark Championships history.
But according to West Australian Country Football League General Manager, Cameron Knapton, changes to the 2010 Landmark Championships mean South West will keep their place in the top division.

“Due to the inclusion of the Peel Football League we’ve restructured the A section and instead of the traditional four league competition we will have six leagues fighting it out in the top grade,” said Mr Knapton.

“It means that South West will retain its rightful place as a powerhouse of country football and will see them once again competing in A section,” said Mr Knapton.

South West Football League President, Kevin Lynn, says they’re delighted to maintain their A section status.

“After being involved in the Landmark Championships for the last 45 years and competing in 30 of the finals it’s fantastic that we’re able to play at the level we aspire to,” said Mr Lynn.

“I believe the new six league structure will make for a very interesting competition, especially given that every game played leads to the prospect of either a grand final berth - or if you don’t play your best -

“In essence every game is ‘live’ and I think it’s a better concept and one that will make the Landmark Championships even stronger,” said Mr Lynn.

So will 2010 see the South West Football League return to the top of their game? “We’d obviously hope to do better this year,” said Mr Lynn

“It can be hard to bring your best side to the carnival given the players’ work commitments and heavy football scheduling. We’ve worked at encouraging some of the stars of South West football and we’ve been delighted with the response so far.

“Apart from representing their league, I think it’s a big enticement for the players to push for selection to the WA State squad especially given they’re able to travel to Canberra this year and compete in the
National Landmark Carnival.

With the inclusion of the Peel Football League at this year’s Landmark Championships, there’s keen interest in how the competition will play out.

“The big question is how strong Peel will be - they are a bit of an unknown quantity,” said Mr Lynn.

That question will be answered in the next few weeks with the Landmark Championships taking place in Perth from 8th to 11th July.

For more information:

Cameron Knapton
General Manager
West Australian Country Football League
P: 08 9287 5532
M: 0419 198 802
E: cknapton@wafc.com.au

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