Koonibba ends long carnival drought

NUMBER ONE: Co-captain Lionel Wilson, coach Trevor Ware and co-captain Lawrence Benbolt celebrate Koonibba's South Australian Aboriginal Football and Netball Sports Carnival triumph. Picture: Luca Cetta
NUMBER ONE: Co-captain Lionel Wilson, coach Trevor Ware and co-captain Lawrence Benbolt celebrate Koonibba's South Australian Aboriginal Football and Netball Sports Carnival triumph. Picture: Luca Cetta

Koonibba ended a long drought to win the football competition at the South Australian Aboriginal Football and Netball Sports Carnival in Adelaide earlier this month.

The Roosters took out the division one crown for the first time since 1991 with its grand final success against Raukkan, winning 15-8 (98) to 7-5 (47). 

Coach Trevor Ware said everybody was jubilant and elated in breaking the 26-year drought.

“It was very good to come out on top, this was a very strong young talented group that myself and assistant coach Terry Milera put together that we both believed in to break the drought,” he said.

“The competition is a chance to catch up with family and friends and a chance to test yourself against teams across the state and now we have the bragging rights for 12 months of being the 2017 state champions.

“We will be back next year bigger and better to defend our title, no doubt.”

Koonibba opened its campaign with an 8-3 (51) to 6-1 (37) victory against Narungga.

That was followed by a forfeit success against Mallee Park, who were also the opponents in the semi-final.

The Roosters won that match with an 8-5 (53) to 4-3 (27) result, before easing to victory in the grand final.

Koonibba led at quarter-time and added six goals to Raukkan’s one in the second quarter, then finished off the contest with four goals to two in the final term.

Koonibba’s Izak Rankine was named the competition’s best player.

In the netball, Ceduna Rovers defeated Raukkan 39-24 to win the B grade title, with Tanay Giles the best player for the Rovers.