Upper Great Southern Football League finished fifth at the annual 2021 Great Southern Colts Carnival in Kulin last weekend. The Rams finished with three wins from their six games to finish fifth by percentage, equal on points with Great Southern Storm and Esperance. Two losses on the opening day dented the Rams’ chances of taking home the overall title at the two-day carnival. Brookton-Pingelly’s Luke Kirk and Katanning’s Caleb Keley were named in the Great Southern 20 team after outstanding respective carnivals. The Rams won their opening game of the carnival narrowly against Esperance, holding on by six points. Four goals in the first half helped set up a five-point advantage at the main break and three goals in the second half gave them a 7.3 (45) to 6.3 (39) win, as Izzac Barry kicked two goals. Three goals from Keley was pivotal in the Rams’ second victory of the carnival, beating Eastern Districts by 23 points. After leading by three goals at the main break, three goals to two in the second half guided the Rams to a 7.6 (48) to 3.7 (23) win. However, the Rams narrowly went down to Goldfields by a goal in their second game of day one despite two goals from Brandon Miller. The Rams’ second loss on day one was against eventual winners Peel, outgunned by 40 points as Kirk slotted two majors. On the second day, the Rams started on a winning note after defeating Ongerup by 50 points, thanks to five goals in the second half. The Rams went down by 19 points to Great Southern Storm in their final game despite leading by two points at half-time. Ongerup Football Association finished the carnival winless despite showing great fight during the two days. They went down by 58 points to Peel in their opening game, followed by a 40-point loss to Esperance. Ongerup fell to neighbouring association Great Southern Storm by 93 points and finished day one without scoring against Goldfields, going down by 193 points. On the second day, they fell 50 points short of the Rams and lost their last game by 17 points to Eastern Districts. Jerramungup’s Tate Barrett was named in the Great Southern 20 team for his stellar two days. Peel went through the carnival undefeated after taking out the grand final against the previously undefeated Goldfields by 49 points. Six goals in the second half secured their sixth straight win as they won their second carnival in four years. Peel’s Bailey Norris won the Hayden Reeves Medal for best player at the carnival after dominating in the midfield throughout the six games while Blake Morrissy was named best on ground in the decider.