Cougars hungry for success

Canning Vale Cougars colts captain Zakir Amer in action against Mosman Park during the home and away rounds.
Canning Vale Cougars colts captain Zakir Amer in action against Mosman Park during the home and away rounds.

Coach David Hicks, who has coached junior teams for more than 10 years and assisted with the Cougars senior side last season, said the team had a vast array of talent and an opportunity which a lot of footballers never get.

‘We need to stick to our game plan, have belief and, most importantly, enjoy our football,’ Hicks said.

‘This is how we have improved through the season and therefore been successful.

‘But, in all that, it is only one game that matters now.’

He said a number of the colts players had experienced three junior grand final losses in a row, so they were hungry for success.

The Cougars league team won their first flag in C4 competition against Ellenbrook after being underdogs all year in 2011.

Promoted to C3, they advanced to the grand final against cross-town rivals SNESA and won by seven points in 2012.

Even though they were hit with major player losses through transfers and injuries, the league side, with an average age still under 25, spent the year in the top five until only the final few games of 2013.

Club president Stewart Johnston said the success was built on hard work and respect.

‘It has been a lot of hard work but the players have a rare opportunity to create their own club and culture, which they respect,’ he said.

‘With such a young base and expanding area, it has been great and with the addition of a few more experienced players in the coming seasons, the future looks very bright.’