Youth Girls stun with their skills
The weather was perfect for football with light breezes and stunning sunshine which helped produce clean hands, superb overhead marking and incredible ball carrying. Here’s a snapshot of what the live and over 33,000 livestreaming audiences were excited by ...
Coming from all parts of Australia the sixth Youth Girls Championships was a veritable ‘skill-fest’. Vic Metro’s Brittany Bonnici was a work horse carrying the ball over 50 metres in several run and carry bursts and laying large numbers of tackles. Her leadership in the first quarter in particular was outstanding She was ably supported by rookie Monique Conti who’s in and under contribution was flawless. It was the calm manner in which Metro chipped the ball around to control play in the dying minutes of the final quarter and absorbed the pressure that Queensland tossed at them that had spectators in awe. To stay focused under immense pressure was another major difference between being premiers and runners up!
In her last year of Youth Girls, Queensland’s Tayla Harris was a rock at centre half back marking everything that came her way in performance that saw her dominant the individual awards. She won Championship Fairest and Best as well as the Grand Final Best on Ground There’s no doubt Tahlia Randall will fill her boots admirably in 2016 showing us equally fine leaps in the ruck and in marking contests and some fine agility. Queensland threw everything at Vic Metro but just weren’t composed enough in the first term to equalise the contest. Once they controlled their nerves they were far more formidable opponents.
Former Kickstart player, WA’s Courtney Hodder, stepped up easily to the next level with her tenacious attack into packs and power runs away from contests. Beatrice Devlyn contributed around the ground with numerous overhead marks and reading the play to be first to the ball. When WA stuck to their game plan they were invincible. Unfortunately for them they were unable to do this often enough through the Championships and finished in third place.
Vic Country should feel proud of their efforts. In past years they have been competitive against rivals who can train together every week. The scoreboard never reflected the closeness of the contest. It was different this year. The Country scored frequently and showed very little difference between them and the top tier teams. Ainslie Kemp was a revelation and Reni Hicks proved a feisty and hard working player.
South Australia were the big improvers with Sarah Allan in dominant form both around the ground and in the ruck and Ashleigh Woodland being the Pool B leading goal scorer.
NSWACT continued to produce a great style of play and were able to show why Jodie Hicks is a Melbourne drafted player showing a huge heart with her tireless attack on the ball. When Chloe Arndt matures she will be a star of the game with her tough approach.
The Woomeras Delma Gisu is short of stature but huge on work ethic. Kathleen Prosser was busy around the goals using her opportunities to bag a few goals.
Tassie’s workload was shouldered in the ruck by Elyse Gamble who rucked tirelessy every day. Danielle Ponter showed why she was an All Australian in 2014 and was unfortunate to be injured and unable to play half the carnival.
The search for a 2016 Host is now on! Wherever that may be the locals are sure to be in admiration of the style of play and formidable skills the girls produce
Vic Metro prevailed in a thrilling Grand Final at the 2015 AFL Youth Girls National Champs
The award winners from the 2015 AFL National Youth Girls Championships have been announced
SOUTH Australia has won the Pool B grand final at the 2015 AFL Youth Girls National Championships beating NSW/ACT by 38 points
WA finished its 2015 AFL Youth Girls National Championships with a second straight win over VIC Country
The Woomeras have finished their 2015 Youth Girls National Championships with an 18-point win over the Thunder Devils.
WA won its first game of the 2015 AFL Youth Girls National Champs, beating VIC Country by 24 points
SA record third straight win at the 2015 AFL Youth Girls National Championships with a 26-point victory over the Woomeras
VIC Metro has beaten QLD by 17 points on Day 3 of the 2015 AFL Youth Girls National Championships
NSW/ACT have recorded a 20-point victory over the Thunder Devils at the 2015 AFL Youth Girls National Championships
QLD won its second match and handed WA its second loss to conclude Day 2 of the 2015 AFL Youth Girls National Championships
SA put in another dominant showing to record a 77-point victory over NSW/ACT at the 2015 AFL Youth Girls National Championships
Vic Metro defeated Vic Country by 35 points on Day 2 of the 2015 AFL Youth Girls National Championships