KOWREE-NARACOORTE-TATIARA Football League players did their region proud at the weekend after winning at the 2014 South-East Zone Carnival at Vansittart Park, Mt Gambier, on Saturday.
The KNTFL A Grade side played a tri-series against Western Border and Mid-South Eastern football leagues, with all three teams taking a win in the round-robin stage.
Western Border enjoyed a six-goal win over Mid-South Eastern in the opening game, before KNTFL accounted for Western Border by 15 points in the second.
Mid-South Eastern responded from its defeat to pip KNTFL by two points in the third match.
But the Adam Merrett-coached KNTFL side won the final, defeating Western Border 5.6 (36) to 5.3 (33), with Penola's Ben McIntyre named player of the tournament.
Kaniva-Leeor United coach Neil Reeve, representing the KNTFL, said it was a fantastic experience.
"It was a good day for footy and really good to be a part of," he said.
"Every team had a win and we were lucky to come out on top but we were probably the better team.
"It was great to get a win."
Reeve, who lined up at centre-half-forward, was one of two Cougars in the team alongside star on-baller Dylan Williams.
Reeve said Williams played consistently well across the three games, while he enjoyed the challenge up forward.
"It was pretty wet down here all day and slippery underfoot, but they kept bombing it in long and we kept competing in the air," he said.
Williams and Reeve both kicked two goals in the three KNTFL games.
In the under-17s tournament, Western Border accounted for Mid-South Eastern 6.6 (42) to 0.1 (1).
KNTFL could not snare a win, going down to the tournament winner by 31 points and the runner-up by seven points.