Swans Districts to hold Count Me In round

L-R: Jayson Mann (Coolbinia Football Club), Denzel More (Swan Districts Football Club) and Geoff Stewart (Willetton Football Club).  Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au   d493693
L-R: Jayson Mann (Coolbinia Football Club), Denzel More (Swan Districts Football Club) and Geoff Stewart (Willetton Football Club). Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d493693

THE stars of WA integrated football will face off at Bassendean Oval this weekend.

Reigning premiers Coolbinia will play up-and-coming side Willetton as part of WAFL club, Swan Districts’ annual Count Me In round on June 22 at 1.35pm.

After the integrated game, Swans’ league side will play West Perth at 2.25pm.

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The two teams’ players and coaches will be training at the oval on Thursday.

The head coaches will also shadow Swans league coach Adam Pickering during the WAFL game on the day.

Willetton Football Club captain Geoff Stewart said Coolbinia had a lot of experience from playing in the past four grand finals so it would be a close, hard-fought game.

“It gives an opportunity for people with disabilities of all ages and skill to come together and get out on the field and be passionate and proud and just enjoy their moment,” he said.

“A lot of the guys don’t have the opportunity to play at such a historic ground. They just love that momentum, teammate type of fierce rivalry that we have and good sportsmanship that we should have.

“(Coolbinia) have got a lot of team unity, experience and game awareness, whereas we’re up and coming.”

L-R: Geoff Stewart (Willetton Football Club), Denzel More (Swan Districts Football Club) and Jayson Mann (Coolbinia Football Club). Picture: David Baylis

Coolbinia Football Club vice-captain Jayson Mann said the match was going to be good for the integrated football community.

“I am running against Geoff; him and I are good mates but it is going to be fun to have everybody playing against each other,” he said.

Swan Districts League player Denzel More said it was great to see different clubs express their colours in the community.

“Integrated footy just allows all different types of people to get involved in footy and live out their dreams, which some of their heroes are lucky enough to live out,” he said.

Children will have free entry and games including a full radical run, bouncy castles, spider mountain, face painting and a mechanical surfboard in the Swans Play Zone starting at 1pm.

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