GISSA Junior AFL Football Competition

Well done to the students who represented Scared Heart College Geelong at the 2024 GISSA Junior Football Competition:

SHC 1 - Layne Harvey, Sienna Schmidt, Kaeli Oliver, Ruby Doyle, Remy Sliwa, Jemima Hood, Poppy Vickers, Sibella Lehmann, Abbey Walsh, Scarlett Farley, Piper Sach, Adelaide Buckby, Amelia Naylor, Georgia Naylor, Stella Smith, Mabel Allchin, Harriett O’Dwyer, Violet Miers, Asha Albones, Frankie Van Galen, Olivia McCormack, Emma Henderson, Addi Giles, Molly Brilliant, Grace Tolley and Olive Wearmouth.

SHC 2 - Amelie Ruyg, Lottie Cook, Ruby Slavkovski, Azalia Menzies, Olivia Shannon, Zoe Clarke, Harriet Taylor, Etiainne Vass, Myla Stapleton, Reese Liston, Ruby Reid, Phoebe Punchard, Betsy Walker, Willow Counihan, Serafina Fiala, Eden Smith, Alice Walsh, Lyla Kenny, Mia White, Rachael James, Zara Taylor, Amelia Jackson, Layla Kenny, Madeline Kennedy.

The competition was held at South Barwon Recreation Reserve in Belmont. SHC 2 battled hard in their Pool B games against Geelong Lutheran College, Cloard College Kardinia International College and The Geelong College and just missed out on a place in the finals. Congratulations to Amelie Ruyg who was awarded the medal for the best player from SHC 2. (Amelie, make sure that you try out for the Intermediate Team next year)

SHC 1 recorded some solid victories in their pool games. SHC 1 - 10.10.70 to Covenant College 0. 0 . 0, SHC 1 - 13.1.79 to Christian College Geelong - 0. 0. 0, SHC 1 - 4.11.35 to St Ignatius College 0.0.0. and SHC 1 - 10.4. 64 to Iona College 1.1.7.

In the Grand Final, Sacred Heart 1 avenged last year’s agonising one point defeat at the hands of The Geelong College and ran out winners SHC 1 - 4. 3. 27 to The Geelong College 0. 2. 2. I was so proud of you girls.

Choosing the best player for SHC 1 was no easy task. Any of Layne Harvey, Kaeli Oliver, Remy Sliwa, Jemima Hood or Scarlett Farley would have been worthy winners on the day, but I eventually awarded the medal to Sienna Schmidt. Sienna is a highly skilled, creative and humble player. She wins her own footy, brings her team mates into the play and is capable of kicking a telling goal.

It was also exciting to see a number of Year 7 students make their mark in both teams and establish themselves as future players for SHC. Violet Myers, Harriett O’Dwyer, Asha Albones, Olivia Mc Cormack, Addi Giles and Frankie Van Galen are just some of the names to watch out for in the future.

Thanks to Ms Bianca Cheever (Sports Coordinator) who coached SHC 2 and did all the lead up preparation for the day. Bianca is tireless in her efforts to ensure as many students as possible have the opportunity to compete in as many sports as possible at SHC. The time and effort she puts into her Co-ordination duties is amazing. Thank you to Mr Tyler Reid (PE Assistant) who also helped on the day and our two Year 10 student umpires Tessa Leen and Rio Smith. Thank you to the many parents who attended and supported the teams on the day. Your support was appreciated and it was nice to meet so many of you.

Year 8s - be sure that you try out for our Intermediate Team next year. Year 7s - make sure that you return to defend our title and attempt to go ‘back to back’. I’m confident that there are many of you from both Year Levels that are capable of following the elite pathway taking by a number of our Alumni now playing in the VFLW and AFLW. Dream big and let your talents shine.

Carl Tracey - Junior Football Coach

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