Almost 500 young soccer enthusiasts from Perth and the South West flocked to Leschenault Recreation Park for Australind Junior Soccer’s biggest girls’ carnival to date. A total of 37 teams gathered for the one-day tournament across four age divisions. The carnival was a welcome event for the Australind Junior Soccer Club after uncertainty around the COVID-19 lockdown in the Perth and Peel regions and a week of rain that put the main pitch underwater the night before. Carnival co-ordinator Sarah Cornwall said smiles, laughter, fun and top competition filled the day. “It was great to see the high level of soccer skills on display, boding well for the future of female soccer in the South West and in the wider metro leagues,” she said. “All in all, a fabulous day had by all, celebrating girls playing soccer.” Highlights from the day saw all four Carramar teams being winners or runners-up in their respective competitions, with the hard-fought 17s competition won by the Northern Redbacks. Other highlights saw two local players being named most valuable player in their age divisions — Taleesha Plumley from Australind in the 12s, and Tia Fantasia from Hay Park in the 17s. The Dardanup Dynamos’ 12s team won the inaugural Steph Garner award, named after the carnival founder, for sportsmanship. Australind Junior Soccer Club won a special award on the day from Football West for running the carnival — “Best in the West”.