TCC's incredible ride to the top

TEAM SPIRIT: The Cathedral College girls AFL side after going through to the Grand Final.
TEAM SPIRIT: The Cathedral College girls AFL side after going through to the Grand Final. Contributed

AUSSIE RULES: Looking back, this set of makeshift girls from The Cathedral College were never expected to make it out of the Rockhampton competition.

A combination of netballers, soccer stars and those unfamiliar with the Sherrin at the start of the season, they transformed into a side capable of challenging the very best.

Challenge they did, making it all the way to the grand final of the AFL Queensland Schools Cup on Sunday.

Despite their loss to Sunshine Coast AFL school of excellence, Mountain Creek State High, co-captain's Caitlin McKee and Chelsea Carroll were both surprised and elated at their stunning ride.

Star player Jordan Zielke boots the Sherrin upfield.
Star player Jordan Zielke boots the Sherrin upfield. Contriubted

They went undefeated in the Capricornia comp, defeating Mackay and Cairns based teams to make the final four.

"None of us play footy so it was just an amazing result,” McKee said.

"They are an excellent team. They work together so well and are very fluent. It was amazing coming second, we were just surprised to get out of the Rocky comp.”

L-R Caitlin McKee (Co-Captain), Michael Rose (Coach) and Chelsea Carroll (Co-Captain) of the TCC Womens AFL team which recently returned as runners up.
L-R Caitlin McKee (Co-Captain), Michael Rose (Coach) and Chelsea Carroll (Co-Captain) of the TCC Womens AFL team which recently returned as runners up. Chris Ison ROK181016cafl2

It took a miss from semi-final opponents Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School in the last minute of the game for TCC to advance to the final.

"Friday's game was incredible, we had to step our game up and apply ourselves to the pressure that was on us,” Carroll recalled.

"It was very low scoring, no one scored in the first quarter but it gave us the motivation to push harder.

"We didn't want to lose and making the grand final was just an amazing achievement.

"Leading the girls through was awesome. It was the best weekend we have ever played.”

WHAT AN EFFORT: Caitlin McKee, Michael Rose and Chelsea Carroll of the TCC Womens AFL team which recently returned as the second best in the state.
WHAT AN EFFORT: Caitlin McKee, Michael Rose and Chelsea Carroll of the TCC Womens AFL team which recently returned as the second best in the state. Chris Ison ROK181016cafl1

Coach Michael Rose said Mountain Creek were a different standard in the final.

""We never expected to get so far and to be in a grand final opposite the top AFL school in Queensland,” he said.

"It is a testament to our girls' sheer will, toughness, athletic ability and team code.

"Our girls kept surprising us every step of the way, and their skills development over the course has been impressive.”

With eight senior women's teams signed on to the AFL Women's national competition next year, both girls were excited about what possibilities their chosen sport held.

Topics:  afl capricornia afl queensland schools cup afl womens aussie rules women in sport

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