IT was the highlight of a stellar season for the Dominic College girls’ AFL team when they cinched the premiership title in the inaugural junior Southern Sports Association of Tasmania Independent Schools (SSATIS) competition.
The new competition was introduced this year in response to the accelerated profile and support of women’s AFL, as well as the increased number of girls playing in local teams.
Nine teams competed in the term three junior competition, which was eligible for players up to grade 10.
Dominic College coach Aaron Davey said the Dominic team was a mix of new and experienced players.
He said the team performed strongly throughout the season, remaining undefeated through to the grand final against MacKillop College.
“In the grand final, the girls truly came to play,” he said.
“They worked incredibly hard to outnumber at the contest and to help the backline keep MacKillop goalless, while also working the ball forward and trapping it in their own forward line for long periods until we were able to score.”
Mr Davey named Perri King, Hannah Smith, Jasmine Skelly, Maggie Carmichael, Charlotte Lang and Brianna Oates as best players in the grand final.
Year 10 student Faith Scotney-Baron said she was “so glad” she could take part in the competition before graduating.
“The majority of the team had never played a game of football in their life and they all did such an amazing job,” she said.
Teammate Jasmine Skelly said she was also “very proud” to play in the inaugural premiership team.
“All the girls played a fantastic game and the team improved dramatically from the first game until the last,” she said.
Dominic College principal Beth Gilligan praised the sportsmanship and team spirit of the girls.
She said they were all “dedicated young players” who understood the importance of consistent hard work.
“Breaking into a new sport is challenging and I want to commend all players in this new SSATIS roster for having the courage to do this,” she said.
“The key to good team sportsmanship is commitment, hard work, focus and graciousness both on and off the field.
“We are proud that the Dominic College AFL team has demonstrated these attributes.”
Mr Davey said the Dominic team had the benefit of extensive training facilities.
As a current player and coach in the Old Scholars Football Association, he said that the main Dominic oval was an “excellent” training facility and sought after playing venue.
“It’s great to see so many school and local sports teams making use of our fantastic grounds,” he said.
Caption: Dominic College year seven to 10 girls AFL team, pictured with coach Aaron Davey, following their grand final win.