By ZAC MILBANK
Undefeated Kenilworth cruised to an historic second APM SANFL Inclusive League premiership in succession with a 45-point win against Athelstone at Norwood Oval.
Bursting out of the blocks to slam on 5.2 while keeping the Raggies scoreless in the opening half, the Kookaburra’s were dominant across the field as they showed why they couldn’t be beaten in 2023.
Led by vice-captain Jesse Goodman – who was judged best afield – the double premier also had strong contributions from Caleb Bruppacher-Rigney and Ethan Glover-Lindsay, who booted two goals each.
Athelstone, featuring in the title-decider in its debut season, worked tirelessly to get itself back into the match after the main break.
Darren Thompson and Brandon Vockings hit the scoreboard for the underdogs but it wasn’t enough as the ”Kookas” earned a richly-deserved victory.
Featuring over 170 players across seven clubs, the APM SANFL Inclusive League began in April and featured 14 minor rounds before a three-week finals series.
Introduced in 2019, the APM SANFL Inclusive League is a senior men’s competition for players with an intellectual disability.
The League provides regular, competitive football to inclusive teams in a safe, fun and friendly environment. The focus is on the development of players and their social inclusion at community football clubs.
Saturday August 26
Kenilworth 2.1 5.2 7.2 9.4 (58)
Athelstone 0.0 0.0 1.1 2.1 (13)
GOALS – Kenilworth: Caleb Bruppacher-Rigney 2, Ethan Glover-Lindsay 2, Harrison Mallard, Jesse Goodman, Ben Jarrett, Alex Linn, Jeremy Wood
Athelstone: Brandon Vockings, Darren Thompson
BEST ON GROUND: Jesse Goodman (Kenilworth)
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