The West Kimberley Football Association can rightfully claim the title of the best football league in the North-West after another victory in the Rio Tinto North West Football Championships held in Broome. The WKFA has won all three championships and will start warm favourites for four in a row when the championships are held in Broome next year. Teams travelled from all over the Kimberley and Pilbara, with representative sides from East, West and Central Kimberley competing with North Pilbara. The championship highlighted the best football talent the North West has to offer. The high esteem with which the championships are held is indicated by Westar Rules clubs sending representatives to look at players.

North Pilbara started favourites for the championships and on the Saturday the experts appeared to have made the right guess. The North Pilbara exerted its authority from the start as it trounced the West Kimberley in a crushing display. The West Kimberley was expected to give strong opposition but went down by a considerable margin. In the afternoon, the North Pilbara had a closer game against the Central Kimberley but still looked impressive as it controlled the tempo. The West Kimberley bounced back to thrash the East Kimberley.

By Sunday the tide had turned though with the East Kimberley getting by three point in a low scoring affair against the North Pilbara. With a sniff of a chance of making the final, the East Kimberley watched the West and Central Kimberley teams fight out a tight tussle. The win by the West thought gave them enough percentage points to reach the final over the East and a rematch against the North Pilbara.

The North Pilbara, hurting from its loss against the East Kimberley in the morning, started slowly and the West Kimberley booted away to an early five-goal lead. Half way through the second half engines in the North Pilbara team started to fire and the scores were levelled shortly before half time. Kicking with the breeze in the third quarter, West Kimberley regained the lead and turned for home seven points in front. Most commentators expected North Pilbara, kicking with the help of a strong breeze, to come home over the top. Two important goals by Arnold Bamba and a host of others from a variety of West Kimberley players saw the game blow out with the West Kimberley finally running out winners by 32 points.

West Kimberley 14. 9 (93) d North Pilbara 9.7 (61)

(Courtesy of the Broome Advertiser)