Esperance hosts Southern Challenge Cup

The South East Clontarf Academy hosted the Southern Challenge Cup on March 13 and 14.

Teams from Perth, Girrawheen, Kalgoorlie, Gilmore, Albany and Katanning joined the Esperance-based academy for the basketball and football contest.

The challenge began with basketball matches on March 13, with football matches held on March 14.

Community games were also held on the evening of March 13, with a turnout of about 200 adults and children.

Katanning won the Cup, with the Clontarf Perth Academy in second place.

South East Clontarf Academy operations officer Nathan Bonney said the South East team performed well, winning a few games of basketball and a couple of football matches.

Mr Bonney said the Southern Challenge was held annually to provide an opportunity for boys to meet people from new places and to learn to play in good spirits.

"A lot of the Perth boys don't usually get the opportunity to travel as far as Esperance," he said.

"It also allows them to showcase their talent.

"It was a really positive experience, as soon as the boys from the Perth academy came down, the first thing they did was come and shake your hand."

Mr Bonney said the Southern Challenge was competitive but it was good-natured.

He thanked the Rotary Club of Esperance Bay for cooking the barbecue for the community games and the Esperance Senior High School Girl's Academy for helping with the salad.