Girls Kick Goals at GISSA Gala Day

After six weeks of training for our first experience in the Years 7 and 8 AFL Girls' GISSA Gala Day, our female footballers finally got to compete and put their skills to the test in a 10-team competition.

The Years 7 and 8 girls have shown great enthusiasm and keen interest in playing AFL, with 50 girls trying out for selection. In order to foster this enthusiasm and provide opportunities, we entered two teams for the day.

With only a few of our girls currently competing in club AFL, the vast majority were learning completely new skills and rules of the game. After the first training session, they quickly knew this was a game they would love to play. 

We competed in three round-robin games against various schools before our two teams played off against each other for seventh and eighth. The competition on the field was equally matched off the field with our coaches, Tom Burke, Jack Henderson and myself (leading the Year 8 team) and Matt Dowling, Fergus Thompson and Tim Colbert (Year 7 coaches) exchanging verbal blows and trying to outdo each other strategically. While the final score was inconsequential, the Year 8 girls were pleased to finish in seventh place.

Well done to Camilla Alexeyeff (Year 8) and Sabrina Horne (Year 7), who won the Most Consistent Awards in their teams.

Thank you to the parents who were able to come and support the girls on Wednesday 23 May, and we look forward to the opportunity to continue to build the profile of girls' football here at The Geelong College. 

Paula Wilson

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