Regions gear up as country football championships return this weekend

Jake Santa MariaMidwest Times
Country championships begin on Thursday.
Camera IconCountry championships begin on Thursday. Credit: Ramblers FC

Country week footy begins in earnest this weekend as the regions clash to see who is the best in the State.

It will be an action-packed weekend in Perth with colts matches taking place on Thursday and Friday with league matches running from Friday to Saturday.

The championships return after last year’s were cancelled because of COVID-19 disruptions.

While the GNFL will be sending a colts side they won’t be sending a senior team citing a lack of interest to get enough players together.

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Instead the Mid West will have to rely on the North Midlands and Gascoyne Football leagues to represent the region.

Gascoyne will have three top-up players from the GNFL with Kalanni Barton, Kim Schofield and Jayden Schofield lacing up for the GFA.

The squad is dominated by Ramblers FC players who have gone undefeated so far this season to sit 16 points and a whopping 426 percentage points of the second placed Exmouth Eagles who are sending six players and last placed Warriors sending four.

They will be coached by former East Fremantle Captain and former Rambler Stephen Bilcich.

North Midlands Football League announced their team on Sunday which also features some GNFL players. Kristerfer Ryder, Beau Simpson, Christopher Scott and Kobe Simpson will all be lining up with a couple places still yet to be filled.

Both sides will be competing in division two with North Midlands kicking off against Eastern Districts at 9.30am Friday at East Fremantle Oval while Gascoyne will play their first game against Central Midlands Coastal at 11.30am.

The colts side will get start on Thursday taking on Peel at 10.30am.

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