Last Tuesday we were able to go to the Eastern Region gala day where there were teams from 36 schools ready to play in a round robin tournament. Bulleen Park was the venue where there were 8 pristine ovals ready for us to play on. Some of the girls were disappointed with the lack of the mud but they were ecstatic when the fog lifted and there was sunshine.
Due to some schools pulling out at the last moment, we played a practice match against a team from another pool. Anderson Creek Primary School looked very professional in their matching jumpers, shorts and socks. Their play matched their outfits and we did not score in our loss by more than a few goals. Anderson Creek had 15 experienced players from the Warrandyte team against St. Charles – our only experienced player is Isla who plays for a team outside of school. We had players from year 4, 5 and 6. We had some who had played last year in the district competition. We had some players who had also played this year in our district round robin. Some girls had never played in a competitive match.
In our first match against Box Hill North, we were very competitive and had a narrow loss. We won our next two games against Milgate and Waverly. In our last match, we were extremely competitive against Auburn South – last year’s state finalists.
There were representatives from Collingwood AFLW – notably, Emma King who came to our school at the start of the year.
There were also many representatives from many local clubs keen to recruit our girls to play for them. If you have a daughter who is keen to play – I have lots of information I can give you.
I was extremely proud of the players and very grateful for the support of parents who were there for their own daughters and the other students.
Thanks to Lucy’s uncle Nigel for these awesome photos.