South FIDA defeated North FIDA in the Under 21 representative game on Sunday 18 May.
A five goal first quarter set the tone for South, who were bigger and stronger from the outset. Coached by Bill Garland, of the Chadstone Synners, South FIDA were always in control.
“The difference was in skill levels,” said North FIDA coach, Wyndham Tigers’ Paul Barrett. “South had an even spread of skill across the ground. They were too good but the North players ran out the game well and showed lots of heart. Everyone enjoyed themselves.”
Representative games provide a steep learning curve for players, given they are playing with new coach, new teammates, and often in new positions.
Several players from both teams would have caught the eye of state selectors, with the FIDA national carnival coming up in July. The best on ground award, as judged by the umpires, went to South FIDA’s Jordan Smith, of the Ringwood Spiders.
“Congratulations to everyone,” said FIDA football administration manager Logan Whitaker. “It was a good game, with South FIDA too strong. The North players kept their heads high. Well done to both teams.”
The game was played at Jordan Reserve, home ground of the Chadstone Synners. The hosts ran the popular canteen and barbecue, and also put on a Little League game at half-time.
The regular FIDA season resumes on Sunday 25 May.
South FIDA 5.2 9.7 13.14 16.14 (110) North FIDA 0.0 2.1 2.2 3. 3 ( 21)
South FIDA: Jai Heisler, Wayne Watson, Nathan Samuel, Jordan Smith, whole team effort
North FIDA: Luke Barker, Bradley Hunter, Tamara Olcorn, Chris Olcorn, Travis Barrett, whole team effort.
FIDA is a league for footballers with an intellectual disability.