Borden go undefeated in AFLX competition

Cameron Newbold and Sjanna SandalovaAlbany Advertiser

Borden have won a highly successful inaugural AFLX pre-season tournament, defeating Katanning in the grand final of the innovative seven-a-side format played last Saturday in Borden.

Used as a way to bring football back to Borden, 10 teams from five different football associations came together for the day long pre-season carnival.

Despite not having a team in the Ongerup Football Association, Borden fielded a strong side featuring many players who are from the town itself.

Gibson's Jordan McAllister marks in front of Borden's Sam Baddeley-Holmes.
Camera IconGibson's Jordan McAllister marks in front of Borden's Sam Baddeley-Holmes. Credit: Richard Poulish

They won through to the grand final after going through the regular games undefeated and came up against a star-studded Katanning team, which included former AFL duo Kade Stewart and Josh Bootsma.

Katanning led by two points at half-time before Borden stormed home with five goals and a supergoal in the last 10 minutes to finish winners, 64-44.

Borden banked the $3000 first prize while Katanning took home the $1000 runners-up prize for their efforts.

Borden's Jack McPhee marks.
Camera IconBorden's Jack McPhee marks.

Teams from the OFA, Upper Great Southern Football League, Ravensthorpe andstricts Football Association, Great Southern Football League and Esperance Districts Football Association took part in the competition.

North Albany finished in third place with four wins and Boxwood Hill were fourth in the standings with three wins.

Katanning's Kade Stewart looks for options.
Camera IconKatanning's Kade Stewart looks for options.

Narrogin, Gibson, Railways, Ravensthorpe, Jerramungup and Mt Barker were the other participating teams.

AFLX subcommittee member Pip Moir said it was a great day for everyone.

“It was a really good day and we hope to try to make it an annual event,” she said.

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