AFL Victoria Herald Sun Senior Girls Shield
On Friday July 20th at Elgar Park AFL Victoria held the 2012 Herald Sun Senior Girls shield.
The first round kicked off at 11am with Pool 2 game Ballarat Grammar versus Loyola College on oval one and Sacred Heart College versus Aquinas College on oval two. Ballarat Grammar went in with their head in the game, their eyes on the prize and the hope to take home the win. It was a very close match on oval one with Ballarat getting ahead early in the first half and Loyola closing the gap late in the game. Ballarat won 4-7-31 to 4-2-26.
Over on oval two the game between Sacred Heart and Aquinas was a completely different story with Aquinas only putting their score on the board in the fourth (1-1) quarter and letting Sacred Heart College take the win with a score of 11-6-72. Aquinas went on to play Loyola College in the Consolation Final at 1:30 pm, losing 2-5-17 to 7-3-45. Sacred Heart played Ballarat Grammar in the Pool 1 Final at 2:45pm. It proved to be another easy game for Sacred Heart College, keeping Ballarat Grammar from scoring a goal until the fourth quarter. Ballarat Grammar didn’t go down without a fight displaying some great skill and will be good competition in the years to come. The final scores were Ballarat Grammar 1-2-8 to Sacred Heart College 8-5-53.
Pool 1’s first round kicked off at 12:15 with Ballarat Clarendon versus Hallam Secondary College on oval 1 and Mt Lilydale versus Penola on oval two. On oval one Hallam Secondary College played an outstanding game winning four quarters of football and coming out with the win. Ballarat Clarendon displayed a great deal of skills but couldn’t compete with those of Hallam Secondary College's Victorian Youth Girls State players. The final scores were Hallam Secondary on 7-4-46 to Ballarat Clarendon 0-2-2.
Over on oval 2 there was a very close game between Mt Lilydale Mercy College and Penola College. The scores were up and down all game with Penola taking the first goal for the game in the first quarter. Mt Lilydale took the lead just before half time with the score of 3-2-20. Late in the last quarter Mt Lilydale kicked the winning goal with the final scores being Mt Lilydale on 4-3-27 to Penola on 3-7-25. Penola went on to play Ballarat Clarendon in the Consolation Final at 1:30pm losing 0-0-0 to 10-9-69. Ballarat Clarendon went out with the hope of redeeming themselves from their last round and took the game completely into their own hands and displayed amazing talent with some strong goal kickers. Mt Lilydale went on to play Hallam Secondary College at 2:45pm on oval one. Unfortunately Mt Lilydale’s luck ran out when they went head to head with Hallam Secondary College competing for the Shield. Hallam held strong all day and played 8 great quarters of football. While Mt Lilydale displayed a great amount of team work and fight to stay in the game it was great to see a team be beaten with the largest lead of the day and walk off the field smiling knowing they did all they could. The Grand Final scores were Mt Lilydale 0-0-0 to Hallam Secondary College 13-1-79 taking home the AFL Victoria Herald Sun Shield.
The scores for the day did not reflect on the games that were played. All of the teams displayed a great deal of understanding, strength, team work and skills. It was great to see them all having fun competing for the AFL Victoria Herald Sun Senior Girls Shield.
The day wouldn’t have been possible without the help from all the SEDA students for being officials for the day, the Senior Football Club for coming along and opening up the club rooms and running the canteen, the umpires for giving up there time to help provide these girls with the best quality of the game possible and the schools for allowing their girls to come along and compete. A big thank you to all those who could make the day possible.