Girls teams grow at Country Week 2016

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Results: QBE Country Week

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

More than 800 regional footballers travelled to Perth to take part in the annual QBE Country Week.

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In a sign of football’s growing regional influence, a girls U12 competition was held for the first time, while teams from Port Hedland and Broome made their inaugural appearances.

For results and final placings CLICK HERE

Teams travelled from centres across the state, including from Esperance in the south and the Goldfields to the east, to compete at Cockburn City’s Beale Park from Monday, September 26, to Friday, September 30.

Football West General Manager of Community Football and Game Development Jamie Harnwell said QBE Country Week was the most prestigious regional activity on the football calendar.

“It takes a huge commitment of time and money from players, their parents, coaches and officials, to be part of the QBE Country Week,” Harnwell said.

“But they are prepared to make the commitment because it provides them with a unique opportunity. This gives regional players and coaches the chance to engage in a higher level of competition than that which is available in their regions.

“It’s also great that they benefit socially from meeting new people from all over the state.”

The QBE Country Week is also used to identify the best regional players, who will be invited to the QBE Country Camp in 2017 to experience an intensive training environment.

“Football development in a state as big as ours is challenging but there are some very hard-working people doing great work in WA’s regions,” Harnwell said.

“Football West development staff make regular visits to regional areas to work with regional players and coaches to help increase interest in the game and also the standard of football outside of Perth.”