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.
"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.”
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.”
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.