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Paraburdoo Saints claim honours against the Panthers in the Tom Price Junior Football Association grand final

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The victorious Paraburdoo Saints after their  TPJFA grand final win.
Camera IconThe victorious Paraburdoo Saints after their TPJFA grand final win. Credit: Supplied/Paraburdoo Saints

The Paraburdoo Saints junior club has taken out honours against the Tom Price Panthers in the Tom Price Junior Football Association grand final.

It was the first season the Saints had joined the league and the young players were determined to make the most of it.

After a strong season the Saints travelled to Tom Price to face off against the Panthers at Clem Thompson Oval on August 19.

It was an action-packed game with the young players showing off their skills, but Paraburdoo proved too strong and came away with the victory 54-9.

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Paraburdoo Saints club member Karly Yerra said it was a decent game of football from both teams.

“We knew we had to put in everything if we wanted beat Panthers,” she said.

“It was great to see so many kids out there giving it a good hard go.

“Taking the win home back to Paraburdoo you could feel the excitement in the community, for days after the grand final, parents and players were still receiving compliments for their great win.

“These kids were on a high.”

She said everyone in the Paraburdoo Junior Football committee was proud of each and every one of the players.

Ms Yara said the juniors side joined the TPJFA after agreeing to play their games in Tom Price.

“Most weekends our club would hire a mini bus so we could get all the children across to Tom Price,” she said.

“For the grand final we hired three mini buses so we could get all the kids on the buses while most parents made their own way across.”

Ms Yerra said the Saints had 34 children, ranging in age from from eight to 15, register for junior football this season.

“Nick Ling our coach put in the hard effort and trained these kids twice a week and at times training would run for 1.5 hours,” she said.

“Anyone caught misbehaving at training or not pulling their weight — it would result in laps for the whole team.”

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