North Coast girls continue to excel
Four North Coast girls have been representing the state with style this week as the region’s reputation as a breeding ground for female players continues to grow.
Lilly Doyle, Ahlani Eddy, and Brianna McFarlane were in action for the NSW/ACT Youth Girls team in two matches against Tasmania in round 1 of the 2018 NAB AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships.
The NSW/ACT girls won both matches convincingly with Lilly Doyle (Grafton Tigers) the team’s leading goal kicker across the two matches with four goals.
Georgia Breward was also a member of the NSW/ACT team but was unable to take her place due to injury.
Lilly, Ahlani (Sawtell Toormina Saints), Bree, and Georgia (both Coolangatta) now have to wait anxiously before finding out if they’ve been selected in the the Eastern Allies – a hybrid New South Wales, ACT and Tasmanian side – in the next round of the 2018 NAB AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships.
Meanwhile, Casey Wynne has been rewarded for her outstanding performances in the NSW Combined Independent Schools (CIS) team with selection in the prestigious NSW All Schools Under 15 team.
Casey, who plays her club footy for Coffs Breakers, was named as the midfield captain for the CIS team in their matches against Greater Sydney Combined High Schools, Riverina Combined High Schools and the Catholic Combined Colleges teams.
Casey impressed the selectors and was chosen in the NSW All Schools team (a.k.a. NSW Bluebirds) that will compete at the National All Schools Competition to be played in Adelaide from 21 to 28 July.
At last season’s carnival the NSW Bluebirds finished second to Victoria and hope to go one better in 2018.