The 2017 National Paralympic 7-a-Side Football Championships was a great success for the WA State team with both a third place finish and two of our players taking home impressive trophies.
The WA squad claimed a 5-2 victory over Capital Football in the bronze medal final at Valentine Sports Park on Sunday following the three-day competition involving teams from ACT, Victoria and NSW.
Alessandro La Verghetta turned heads during the final, being awarded Most Valuable Player of the match. La Verghetta also claimed the Young Player of the Tournament award at the Championships Gala Night following the tournament.
A strong performance from goalkeeper Christopher Barty ensured he took home the Goalkeeper of the Tournament award.
Football West Head of Development Jamie Harnwell said the success of the WA team at the tournament once again proves the talent WA has to offer.
“Having these players not only represent our State but also bring home several awards is an inspiration to our younger potential Paralympic players following similar pathways,” he said.
“It’s reflective of the hard work put in the by the team and the support staff over the past few months in the lead up to the tournament and the players should be proud of their performance.”
The rest of the team, including captain Jordan De Stefano, Brad Scott, Setha Chhum, Chris Minutillo, Samuel McConnachy, Rodrigue Niyongere, Pat Amato and Connor Bunce, took home bronze medals.
A fantastic effort by coach Dr Fadi Maayah, Assistant Coach Michael Owens, Physio Damian Vance and Performance Officers Alvin Goh and Epril Nossent ensured a successful trip for the state side.