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Marymount AFL has not had this much to cheer about since former student David Hale won 3 premierships with Hawthorn!
2021 has been a breakthrough year for AFL with our four College teams having great success in the StreetSmarts AFLQ Schools Cup. With no AGCC competition this year, the players could only focus on this state-wide, knockout competition which involved over 12,000 participants from Byron Bay to Cairns. The Senior Girls team successfully made it through a couple of carnivals. Both our Junior and Senior Boys' teams made it all the way through to the Quarterfinals, being undefeated until their last game at Bond University. Both teams were knocked out by the eventual Grand finalists in their respective divisions. It was an awesome effort for both these teams to finish 7th in the state.
However, the greatest achievement was that of the Junior Girls. They earned a spot in the State finals which was played at Maroochydore in mid-October. They finished 3rd in the State having demolished The Cathedral College (Rockhampton) by 12 goals. Millar Brosnan-Ball kicked 6, in a 'best-on-ground' performance. This is by far the highest level of success a Marymount AFL team has ever achieved. A special congratulations to Coaches Ms Jess Berryman and Ms Hannah Richardson who gave up so much of their time and encouraged the girls to reach this elite standard.
On top of all this, Supercoach Mr Matt Carroll has been acknowledged for his contribution to the game by being named Queensland AFL Secondary Schools Ambassador Volunteer of the Year. As our Senior coach, Matt has overseen the success of all our College teams. It is recognition of all his work in promoting the code at Marymount. Not bad for a Saints supporter!
Special thanks also to Coaches Mr Cam Francis and Seth Walker for their dedication to our Junior and Senior teams. Coach Mr Jack Mitchell has also been quite the find, bringing the expertise he gained from playing Seniors at Surfers Paradise, to the Junior Boys team. It's been wonderful having so many staff share their passion for this great game.
AFL at Marymount is going to have a bright future. Marymount Primary boys finished 2nd in the State and their girls also finished 3rd. Congratulations!
We wish our leaving Year 12 players well in their future endeavours, both on and off the field. Demi Lockett, Bailey Miles, Mia Swaddling, Olivia Cogo, Ella Moore, Chloe Rubb, Cooper Parkes, Brayden Field, Brayden Taylor, Tom Nicholson, Aidan Bulkeley and Henry Mellick—you'll be hard to replace!
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