U12 SA football team wins bronze at national champs

Charlie Nicholls and William Hawker at the opening ceremony.
Charlie Nicholls and William Hawker at the opening ceremony.

Last week Charlie Nicholls (Min/Man) and William Hawker (North Clare) both represented South Australia at the National U12 Football Championship in Canberra.

The week was jam packed with football with the boys playing a total of 10 games.

SA boys got on a roll early winning its first four games against Queensland, Tasmania, ACT and Northern Territory.

They lost their next two games to Victoria and Western Australia and then won the final minor round game against NSW.

SA qualified for pool A, which meant they were now playing for medals.

SA qualified for pool A, which meant they were now playing for medals.

Chris Slattery, team manager

First SA came up against the WA team who they hadn’t scored against in their first encounter.

This time was different and SA played with real belief.

The scores were tight throughout the whole game, Nicholls was creative up forward and Hawker was doing a great job at full back.

At three quarter time SA was down by five points and going into a stiff breeze for the final quarter it looked like WA would run away with it.

But in a unbelievable last quarter SA kicked three goals into the breeze and kept WA scoreless in an amazing win.

Next SA played Victoria for gold but this was a one sided affair, Victoria were too big and too strong and won easily.

The final game Queensland beat SA by 11 points.

It was a scrappy game and SA could never get their outside run going which was the team’s strength for the whole carnival.

SA ended up finishing in third with Victoria first, Queensland second and Western Australia forth.

During the week the boys got the opportunity to visit Parliament house, listen to Pauline Hanson talk in the Senate, visit the War Memorial, the Science Questacon and go on a tour at the AIS.

This was a memorable trip for the boys to Canberra.