Football: Cockburn Cobras rebound following fine

The Cockburn Cobras league team gets a guard of honour as they walk off the ground in their last game of the season.
The Cockburn Cobras league team gets a guard of honour as they walk off the ground in their last game of the season.

COCKBURN Cobras have recovered from near devastation after being fined by the WA Amateur Football League last year.

Although a fine of up to $40,000 was floated in September for paying a player, the club was eventually sanctioned with a $2000 penalty and the league and reserves were kicked out of the 2017 finals.

The club still maintains its innocence, although the league side was also ruled ineligible for the 2018 finals.

Club spokesman Andrew Pearce said it was a relief that the fine was not at the extreme end but $2000 along with the legal costs was a massive hit for the club.

“A fine above $5000 would have taken a big toll on the club,” he said.

Pearce said if you looked into the club from the outside, it had been a success with the reserves and colts making the finals and set to play elimination finals this weekend.

“But if you have been involved with the club this year it has been a massive task maintaining the three sides and getting enough players to pull on the jumper each week,” he said.

“With the league side not eligible for finals from the get go it has been a huge task retaining league players from 2017 and has stretched all three sides with the need of regular reserves players having to play up in the league side while also trying to be competitive and push for finals in the reserves.

“Massive credit to the all the players at the club as every week colts and reserves players had to double up and play two games to help fill in the league side and also fill the colts and reserves sides to start with.”

Pearce said they had 62 players pull on a league jumper this year, which showed how stretched they were and how much they relied on the colts and reserves players.

“The club hasn’t forfeited a game this year which is a testament to the players and their passion for the club to stay afloat,” he said.

“Off the field the club has been well supported by all members, sponsors and players.

Pearce said the future of the club was looking bright for 2019 as they had a great colts program, which should feed players into senior football next year and beyond.

“The club is excited to announce that it will be pushing to add two more teams next year with a third senior side and also a second colts team,” he said.