Kangaroo Flat claims CFA championship

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KANGAROO Flat has defended its title at the Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria Urban Championships.

Needing only a top three finish in the final event of the weekend, Kangaroo Flat ran an impressive 17-second run in the Champion Fours yesterday.

The run sealed the Section A aggregate victory for Kangaroo Flat.

Kooweerup won the section B title and Benalla won section C.

More than 60 teams travelled from across Victoria and interstate to compete in the games.

"We had a really good start and were really consistent through the weekend," Kangaroo Flat captain Glenn Scholtes said.

"Young Jacko (Jackson Dargaville) went well up the ladder and set the scene for the weekend."

Dargaville won the ladder race in a time of 6.12 seconds, equal to his father's personal best time in the same event.

Scholtes said the 12-person squad included some young faces.

"We had a few younger kids come up and have been really good and helpful at training," he said.

But outside of competition, camaraderie is a strong influence in the event's atmosphere.

"We don't normally see a lot of the Gippsland teams, so it's good to see those strong sides in the A section," Scholtes said.

"Everyone we go up against is just as good, and sometimes better, but it's about competiting against the best."

CFA members Ken Deverauex and Bill Bowery attended the whole weekend.

"We feel like it's gone pretty well," Mr Deveraux said.

"I think it's good to get people involved, not only fighting fires."

"It's a sporting activity as well as getting out there doing the hard part.

"They are events you don't see every day." 

Both members are former captains with Kangaroo Flat and were excited for the team's victory.

"The competition was close all over," Mr Bowery said.

"You couldn't wish for anything better and the number of competitors and supporters is good to see. I think there's been about 3000 people."

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