School Girls Footy Kicking Goals NSW/ACT

Monday, December 08, 2014

2014 has been a successful year for NSW/ACT in all its School Girls programs. With some landmark events and the continual growth and strengthening of existing girls competitions, footy is succeeding in attracting more and more players to experience the great game. 

The Paul Kelly Cup, a primary school competition open to all primary schools across NSW/ACT has seen continual growth each year which has also matched with an increased skill level. The 2014 Paul Kelly Cup girls final was contested between Henscke PS (Wagga) who proved too strong for their opponents  Kempsey West from Northern NSW to ensure both trophies made the trip down the Hume to Southern NSW.  

Similarly the Swans and Giants Cup, a high school competition contested between 15s and Open girls has followed the Paul Kelly Cup in the growth and most importantly in the development of key skills of AFL. Both Swans and Giants Cup finals where weather affected finals with rescheduled matches having Scots College Albury taking home the Giants Cup and Queenwood Girls School proving too strong against their Hunter opponents to win the Swans Cup. 

The headline event in the girls football program was the 2014 School Sport Australia National AFL Carnival held during July in Sydney. NSW and ACT both had teams represented at the carnival. It was NSW’s return to the Carnival since 2011 and only their second appearance at the National Carnival. The NSW team screened more than 100 girls in their trial process before the 25 girls were given the honour of wearing the sky blue. Both NSW and ACT teams played competitive football across the week and achieved some strong results. NSW most notable performance was a victory over South Australia to finish the competition in 4th spot and ACT finishing the competition in 6th. The success of the 2014 program has lead to an invitation for the NSW to contest the 2015 National Carnival in Geelong, the first time a NSW has contested back to back Carnival. Both ACT and NSW girls performance at the carnival was rewarded with 5 girls being name All Australian.

2015 promises again to be another big year with all roads leading to the National Carnival. 

Bron Rayner, 17-06-15 19:43:
The Hunter opponents against Queenwood was All Saints College Maitland.

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