Big occasion for AFL girls from TCC
AUSSIE RULES: The Cathedral College girls AFL team will get a taste of the big time in Brisbane this weekend.
The players will take part in an activation session at three-quarter time in the AFL women's game between the Brisbane Lions and Collingwood at South Pine Sports Complex on Saturday.
The 20 players will be divided into four teams to take part in a series of game-related drills, and then get an opportunity to meet the Lions stars after the game.
TCC coach Michael Rose (pictured) said it was a wonderful opportunity for the girls and a great way to kick-start their 2017 campaign.
"It's going to be awesome. They're all pretty excited about going down there,” he said.
"I don't know what they're most looking forward to - getting to take the field at three-quarter time or just watching the Brisbane Lions women play. They have started the comp really well and are on a bit of a hot streak so it promises to be a great game against Collingwood.”
TCC will then play two trial games against Narangba Valley State High and Mountain Creek State High, the team that edged them for the title in last year's AFL Queensland Schools Cup grand final.
There are eight new faces in the line-up this year, among them Zekeisha Oakley, another of the college's champion netballers.
Rose says each of the girls bring an athletic prowess that will be a definite asset to the team.
"The new players all have really good awareness and I am confident that with a bit more coaching they will quickly understand the flow of the game.
"I will be looking to have experienced girls playing around the non-experienced ones so hopefully that will help.
"Chelsea Carroll will lead the team again. She is the most experienced player and the girls really respect her. She is our school captain and a natural leader.”
Rose says interest in the women's game has grown and TCC will field two teams in the local level of the AFLQ Schools Cup this year.
The competition has grown monumentally, with the total number of teams this year expected to be double the 64 that took part last year.
"It will be a lot harder to reach the level we did, but our first goal is to win the Rockhampton competition,” he said.
"If we can do that, then it will be a matter of taking one game at a time and seeing how far we can go.”
TCC TEAM LIST
Jane Childes, Sophie Reddy, Katelyn Lynch, Kate Dunne, Jordan Zielke, Macey Zielke, Ellie Nasser, Lily Bartlem, Chelsea Carroll, Caitlin Mckee, Ella Wagstaff, Kate Ward, Claudia Gould, Lorryn Clarke, Sara Jane O'Grady, Alexis Williams, Shontay Hockley, Laynii Hetherington, Anna Crow, Zekeisha Oakley