Masters of the sport come home triumphant

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Simon Deegan and Robert Field both represented Western Australia at the AFL Australian Masters carnival in Townsville.
Camera IconSimon Deegan and Robert Field both represented Western Australia at the AFL Australian Masters carnival in Townsville. Credit: Laurie Benson

Robert Field, Simon Deegan and Clint Westlake have returned home from a successful AFL Masters National Carnival in Townsville.

Field and Deegan, who play locally with the Albany Vikings Masters Football Club, both represented WA.

Deegan side was crowned Australian champions after the WA over45s took care of Victoria Metro 10.5 (65) to 2.7 (19) in the grand final.

Field received an All Australian medal for his consistent carnival as WA went through undefeated for the week in the 50s.

Westlake, who lives in Newdegate, also returned with a medal around his neck.

Westlake was named in the All Australian side for his efforts with the WA 35/40s.

Field said he was surprised to hear his name called out for All Australian honours.

“I went over there to just play footy and it’s not an award you strive to win in Masters but it means a lot,” he said. “I think this is about the only sport you can play where you can just play to have fun. It’s not about winning, but a win is always nice.

Simon Deegan and Robert Field both represented Western Australia at the AFL Australian Masters carnival in Townsville.
Camera IconSimon Deegan and Robert Field both represented Western Australia at the AFL Australian Masters carnival in Townsville. Credit: Laurie Benson

“You get to meet new people and you don’t care if you end up playing a game for another State.” Field said Vikings was a special club to be a part of.

“We are promoting mental health there, so it’s nice to just talk to people and help each other in the club,” he said.

“Being part of a club is special.

“You don’t have to even play, just being around people and talking to people means a lot.

“The club is growing rapidly and we probably have the biggest membership we have ever had.”

On a high after a triumphant trip east, Deegan said he aimed to keep playing football for as long as possible.

“I will keep playing until my body shuts down. I just love the game so much,” he said.

“It’s a privilege to play at the carnival. It’s always good fun playing over there.

“It’s all about footy, not so much about winning.”

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