WAAFL: Kingsley thriving under former Fremantle Dockers defender Antoni Grover

Kingsley's James Del Borrello takes a big mark. Picture: Michelle Djulbic
Kingsley's James Del Borrello takes a big mark. Picture: Michelle Djulbic

IT usually takes a sports team some time to find its feet when promoted to a higher league, but not in the case of Kingsley Amateur Football Club this year.

The WA Amateur Football League side had spent five years in the C1 division before dominating in its 2017 campaign under the guidance of new coach and former Fremantle Dockers defender Antoni Grover.

While the Cats lost the grand final last year, they still earned promotion to B Grade in 2018 because they finished as minor premiers with just three losses.

And the side has not looked back.

Antoni Grover in 2012. Picture: Getty Images

Kingsley is unbeaten from 10 games this year, as the team looks to secure itself a berth in the A Grade competition for 2019.

Among those wins have been victories against Grover’s former AFL rivals Daniel Kerr and Shane Woewodin.

Kerr is player-coach at Thornlie, which beat the Cats in the C1 grand final last year but capitulated to them last weekend by 97 points.

A far greater challenge came from the Woewodin-coached and 2017 B Grade preliminary finalists North Fremantle. Kingsley won the match by 13 points to inflict the Magpies’ first loss of the season in round 5.

The Cats have also beaten both teams demoted from A Grade last year, Whitfords and West Coast Cowan.

They face seventh-placed West Coast again on Saturday at Kingsley Park.