Fifth year a charm for Kirby Bentlet Cup

26 June 2018
With the interest in women’s football on the rise, it’s no surprise that more than 750 spectators turned out to watch the fifth annual Kirby Bentley Cup.

Kirby Bentley with WA Football Commission CEO Gavin Taylor.

Around 250 young Aboriginal girls aged 13 – 17 took to the field for the nine-a-side round robin AFL tournament which proved to be a great success, with team numbers remaining consistent at 18.

East Perth were crowned the 2018 Premiers with back-to-back premierships after defeating South Fremantle. Layla Nelson was named best player.

The Kirby Bentley Cup provides Aboriginal girls the opportunity to showcase their talent and be selected for the WA Female Kickstart team to compete at the National Championships. The three best players from each team were selected to trial for entry into the National Diversity Championships in October.

The event is named after Fremantle Dockers AFL Women’s star Kirby Bentley, who was a special guest at the carnival along with footy greats Gavin Taylor, Grant Dorrington, Troy Kirkham and Fremantle Dockers AFLW players.

Overall the carnival has grown to be an opportunity for the female participants to showcase their talent, while also providing a development pathway for not only the players, but also the coaches, umpires and administrators both on and off the field.