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With the Pararoos in the heat of battle at the IFCPF World Cup in Spain, the WA Para Football Program has recently been to regional Western Australia to hold sessions in Bunbury and Mandurah.

New male and female talent was identified for the international seven-a-side format, catering for people who have a neurological-related mobility impairment.

Football West Inclusive Participation Officer Gordon Duus said: “Regional WA has been a great source of talent with the discovery of Pararoo legend David Cantoni followed by the amazingly talented Brad Scott and Connor Bunce.

“The game is for everyone and thanks to Gold Fields, Crystalise and AtWork Australia we are working hard to break down barriers of distance and disconnection to provide pathways for players of all abilities in all locations.

“Diversity is encouraged and celebrated through the Football West community. We make the game accessible and a great experience for all. We sought new talent to follow the footsteps of other regional-based stars like Connor Bunce and Brad Scott representing the Pararoos in the World Cup this month.”


The Pararoos have three West Australians in their squad in Seville, including Scott (Bunbury) and Bunce (Albany).

They suffered a 7-0 defeat to the world’s top ranked CP football nation, Ukraine, in their IFCPF World Cup opener on Sunday and now turn their attention to their second group game against Argentina on Wednesday morning (3am WST).

After a tight opening to their opening match that included some strong defensive play from Pararoos skipper David Barber and goalkeeper Christopher Pyne, Ukraine made the breakthrough midway through the first half.

Click here to watch the Pararoos in the IFCPF World Cup Seville 2019

The Pararoos threatened the Ukraine goal with dangerous set pieces from Ben Roche and Scott in the first half, however the defending world champions managed to add two further goals to their tally prior to the break.

Australia started the second stanza strongly with some impressive work from Roche, Scott, and Matthew Hearne, however Ukraine’s quality ultimately told as the eastern European nation displayed some clinical finishing to add to their score.

Pararoos Head Coach Kai Lammert was able to introduce a number of young players in the match, with Augustine Murphy, Cosimo Cirillo and Perth’s Alessandro La Verghetta receiving valuable match minutes in the tournament.


The Pararoos lost 7-0 to defending world champions Ukraine on Sunday night

Despite the opening game defeat, Lammert was proud of his team’s application and effort against the world’s best CP football nation.

“I was happy with the overall performance,” Lammert said. “The Ukrainian team are current world champions and are a very professional team, but we made them work hard for every goal.”

“Our organisation, in particular in the first half, was very good. Communication was excellent, and we looked ok in transition.”

“We are looking forward to playing Argentina now on Tuesday (local time),” he said.

Upcoming Matches

Australia v Argentina 
Date: Tuesday, 9 July 2019
Location: Seville, Spain
Kick-off: 9.00pm (local); 3.00am Wednesday, 10 July 2019 (WST)
Live stream: https://bit.ly/30ewCcI

Australia v Spain 
Date: Thursday, 11 July 2019
Location: Seville, Spain
Kick-off: 11.00am (local); 5.00pm (WST)
Live stream: https://bit.ly/30ewCcI