AFL has arrived at Abbotsleigh


The excitement of AFL at Abbotsleigh is growing fast. On Friday 19 October Abbotsleigh entered three teams into the Independent Girls Gala Day. Students trained for four weeks to prepare for the Gala Day, enjoying learning some new skills. The girls were eager to start tackling each other, as we held them back from the physical side of the game with modified rules in the early weeks.

With their individual skills developed, all our students showed great confidence in getting to the ball in their first match at the Gala Day. They soon learnt that there is a difference between tackling your friends at training and going into a contest in a competitive match. Each team responded very well to this initial shock and became more physical when applying pressure to the opposition and competing for the ball.

After winning their first game, our Year 7/8 team had some very close contests, unfortunately losing their 3rd v 4th playoff by one point after the siren. Our Year 9/10 team started with a loss, but won their remaining matches to finish 2nd in their pool and 3rd out of a total of eight teams. Our Opens team was the big surprise on the day; they lost their first match against Brigidine then shocked Queenwood and Monte to set up a rematch against Brigidine in the final. This time we dominated the match taking out the championship trophy in the event's second year.

With sport sign-ups opening last week, we already have 100 students signed up for the Term 1 Saturday afternoon competition held locally each week. GWS Giants player and Abbotsleigh coach Louise Stephenson presented medals to our victorious Opens team in assembly last week; we then walked around at lunch time speaking to students about AFL and promoting opportunities to become involved. This week has also seen all Years 7 and 8 students experience some AFL skills and fun games during their assessment week.

Head AFL Coach, Ben Carylon, said the following:

'On behalf of the Abbotsleigh AFL Coaches, I'd like to thank those girls who participated in the training sessions prior to the Gala Day as well as those who played in the Gala Day. The effort you all put into learning new skills and comprehending new game concepts was extremely pleasing and encouraging for all the coaches. It was great to see so many of you running around with a smile on your face, challenging yourselves and getting the most out of your AFL experience. We hope to see many of you back for the Term 1 program.'

Thank you to our coaches and staff from AFLNSW for providing this opportunity and a nice break from study for the students.

Any enquires regarding AFL at Abbotsleigh can be directed to Mark Everingham

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