TCC's AFL teams chasing victory in the north
AFL: The Cathedral College has two teams gunning for glory in the AFLQ Schools Cup North Queensland championships in Mackay.
Their senior girls are out to claim a fourth straight NQ title, while the junior boys are making their first appearance at the two-day event, which kicks off tomorrow at the Great Barrier Reef Arena.
The Emmaus College junior girls have also qualified for the championships for the first time.
The Rockhampton schools will play teams from Mackay, Townsville and Cairns, with the winners qualifying for the state championships in Maroochydore this October.
Michael Rose, who coaches TCC's open girls and assists junior boys coach Andrew Prince, is optimistic for both teams.
He said the boys had a talented line-up, and and were pumped up and ready to go.
"We have a lot of junior boys who play AFL. There's more in the team who play club footy than don't and those who don't are really good athletes.
"We're going to employ a one zone set-up with the boys.
"We're hoping they've got enough talent that we can let them go out there and just play footy.”
Rose said that Tom Hutchieson would have a big influence on the team's performances.
"He'll be playing in the midfield and we'll be trying to get his hands on the football as much as possible,” he said.
"He will be our best and one of the best at the carnival, I think.”
Rose said the girls team would be without several of its regulars but would be boosted by the inclusion of Isabelle Shearer.
"She's a big in for us in the ruck. She'll hopefully be able to give us first use of the ball so we can play the game on our terms.
"We are looking to play a more tactical game with the girls. We will have a bit of a zone set-up and will be relying on fullback Holly Clarke, centre half back Liezel Viljoen and rover Sara-Jayne O'Grady to co-ordinate that.
"Once we get it up front we've got some good goalkickers in Shontay Hockley, Akausher Savage and Cordell O'Meara.
"We will also have a tall target down deep in Rahni Parle who will present well and most likely draw some of their best defenders.”
Rose said the girls would have a tough test in their opening game against St Mary's from Cairns.
"If we can get through Cairns, hopefully we can go all the way.
"We don't want to get into a hard tussle with these teams, we want to play a more open style of footy, but if it does get into a scrimmage the girls are more than capable of holding their own.”