After the success of last year’s Australian Football Gala in Term 4, the QGSSSA introduced a Senior competition for girls in Years 10 to 12. BGGS entered an Open Team, and what a season it was.
Head Coach, Mr Matt Beattie, hosted a shortened pre-season and taught the girls the basic skills, and instilled a sense of fun, in just a few training sessions.
The first week of fixtures was held at Springfield Central Sporting Complex, with the girls joined by AFLW players from both the Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast Suns teams. Our first fixture was against Somerville House and the team had a convincing win 38—1, showing skills and game understanding far beyond their experience. For all bar four of the girls, it was their first competitive game of Aussie Rules. Our second game of the day was against BSHS and it was a cliffhanger, with ruck, Coco Garton (11B), kicking a goal with five seconds remaining to defeat BSHS 24—21.
Unfortunately, the next two fixtures were abandoned due to South East Queensland’s flooding event. However, when the season recommenced last weekend, the girls descended on Metricon Stadium—home of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and the Gold Coast Suns—an experience they will never forget. Our first game was a tough battle up against a very strong St Peters team who took the win 36—21. The girls bounced back in their last game against MBC with a great team performance built on solid defence (BGGS 20—MBC 9).
BGGS finished equal top of the table with three out of four wins.
The Junior AFL competition for girls in Years 7 to 9 will be held in Term 4. Please keep an eye on Minerva for sign-up. For senior girls that missed out this year, please contact me to be included in 2023 fixtures.
Mr Tim Franklin
Australian Football Coordinator