Kangaroos skip towards first piece of silverware

Kingdom Kangaroos Australian Rules Football team with the Tyne Tees Cup - August 2013
Kingdom Kangaroos Australian Rules Football team with the Tyne Tees Cup - August 2013

Fife’s first and only Australian Rules football team secured a stunning victory in their first ever tournament last weekend.

Kingdom Kangaroos returned from Newcastle with the Tyne Tees Cup after overcoming Huddersfield Rams and Tyne Tees Tigers in the round robin event.

Rams were the favourites as they have won previous tournaments all around Europe and are the second biggest supported team in the UK.

Kingdom played Tigers first and won 63-40, then Huddersfield defeated Tigers so it all came down to the last game, winner takes all.

Rams also had a couple of England internationalists playing, and although Kingdom were trailing by nine points going into the second half, they managed to turn things around with an amazing comeback to win 61-33 and claim the team’s first piece of silverware in their first competition.

Team captain Ian McGarry said: “It was a very proud moment to lift the Kingdom Kangaroos first trophy.

“Everybody gave 100 per cent and everyone played their part in all of our matches.

“It was all a big team effort and looking forward we hope to make Fife proud as we continue our preparations for our maiden season in the Scottish national league.”

Kingdom Kangaroos are the first and only Aussie Rules side based in Fife, and will be playing in Scottish National League next season.

The team has grown from originally just a couple of friends with an interest in Australia’s national game to a 16-strong squad that includes players from Kirkcaldy, Burntisland and Dunfermline.

The team is currently training every Tuesday in Rosyth, and on Thursdays at the Beveridge Park in Kirkcaldy.