Two of our Year 9 students, Lucy Anderson and Sam Macklan, represented NSW in the recent under 15s AFL National Titles in Perth, Western Australia. Congratulations to both players on their selection in their respective teams and also on the opportunity to play at an elite level in AFL. They have written the article below detailing their trip and results from the National Titles.
On the 21st of July 2017, we travelled over to Perth to compete in the All Australian U15s AFL carnival, with the NSW Bluedogs and Bluebirds. We all participated together in the opening ceremony at Fremantle Oval, then went on to a week of footy playing against different states.
After the opening ceremony the boys played their first game against ACT and after a slow start won convincingly, the girls also won their first game against the tough opposition QLD. Making it a great start for the NSW team.
On the second day the boys played WA winning by 30 points, while the girls played NT taking out the win by 42-8 . We then celebrated with both teams and their families getting together for a team dinner.
Day 3 was the excursion day where all teams at the carnival took a tour of the Fremantle Jail and had a talk by the AFL about talent pathways.
The fourth day was the last day of pool games before finals and both NSW teams played Victoria. The girls game was played in very wet conditions and was extremely close at halftime with NSW up 2-0, the girls unfortunately couldn’t hold their lead losing by 2 goals in the end. The boys also had a very tough game and came out second best losing to VIC.
The fifth day was finals day where both teams played off to make grand final. The boys played SA and unfortunately went down in the end leaving them to play off for 3rd and 4th. On the other hand the girls played an exceptional game against home team WA winning and securing them a place in the grand final.
This was the first time ever that the NSW girls team have made the grand final, and everyone was extremely excited.
Day 6 was a rest day.
The seventh day came and the NSW boys played QLD in the playoff for 3rd and 4th, the boys won that game by 3 goals, coming away with the bronze medal.
The girls played VIC in the grand final and they were determined not to let us get as close as we got in the pool game. We played as hard as we could but unfortunately couldn’t beat them, going down by 44 points. NSW came away with a silver medal, the best ever result for the NSW girls.
NSW then finished the carnival with team presentations. Sam received the Blue Dog award for his determination throughout the carnival for the NSW boys. Lucy was awarded Best on ground for her performance in the Grand-final.
The whole week was a great experience, something we will never forget. Not only did we get to play a very high level of AFL, but came away with some great new friends and loads of memories that will last a lifetime.
We would like to thank everyone that bought chocolates, sausages etc that supported us in getting to Perth.
Year 9 Students | Lucy Anderson and