Gnoonie Cup 2019: Peel's footy stars gather in Mandurah for annual sport event

The 2019 Drug Aware Gnoonie Youth Football Cup took place last month, with the Peel region's best young footballers showcasing their skills in Mandurah.

Initiated by the family and friends of four young local Aboriginal boys killed in a tragic car accident in 2008, the annual game celebrates Aboriginal culture and raises awareness about positive life choices.

The Cup is in its 11th year, with the event held at the David Grays Arena on September 26.

The afternoon included a sausage sizzle, family friendly activities, kids zone and bouncy castle, a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony.

The event provides an opportunity for the community to come together to promote healthy activity and making safe choices on and off the field.

There were three community football games played with the crowd captivated by some exhilarating action.

In the girls game for 11-17-year-old players, the gold team won with the final score 5.3 (33) to 3.2 (20).

The best players were Wynneeta Bennell, Cheralee Anderson, Ashliegh Reidy and Adrienne Acker.

In the boys game for the same age bracket, the orange team won 9.6 (60) to 7.5 (47).

Best on ground honours went to Deklyn Thorne, Curtis Bennell and Waylon Bennell.

In the showcase game for 16-25-year-olds, the black team prevailed 9.7 (61) to 4.0 (24), with Willie Brown and Matty Bennell's performances praised.