School-age Australian rules football
LEETON schools have returned excellent results from the Paul Kelly Cup MIA gala day held in Griffith last week.
While Parkview Public battled out all their games to the end with some success, Leeton Public School made the finals in both the boys and girls competitions and St Joseph’s Primary School repeated its 2012 success by winning the overall MIA final.
The gala day was held on Thursday at the Exies ovals, with schools from across the region taking part.
Public schools played off in the Tony Lockett Shield, with Catholic schools playing in the Paul Kelly Cup.
The winners of both groups then played off in an overall MIA final.
There was also a girls competition in a separate Paul Kelly Cup.
Parkview PS entered a boys team and two girls teams, producing competitive displays in all matches.
The Parkview Panthers girls team ranked the third best team on the day.
The PPS boys team improved over the day, with some tight halves allowing them to break even at times.
Parkview’s best included consistent performances by Jaykob Williams, Mathew Axtill, Jack Quinlivan, Will Rawle, Jai Patten, Connor Pete, Koby Watts and Rhett MacGregor.
The girls were represented by the Panthers and the Penguins, and both produed spirited performances.
Panthers finished as the third-ranked team out of 10, but the focus was on participation and gaining some familiarity with Australian rules.
However, Annie Samuelu recorded a five-goal haul in one game, while there was skilful and determined play from Tess Staines (six goals for the day), Hayley Graham, Acadia Lee, Hannah Pianca, Cherish Kohere and Lara Cameron.
Leeton Public coach Kris Sales was impressed with both his sides.
Last year LPS made the state finals in the girls competition, fell one win short.
“They played better than last year,” he said.
“They showed lots of skill and development and fabulous sportsmanship. Overall, it seems that once you get to the finals, there is a greater level of play.
“A lot of the boys showed a lot of skill particularly because AFL is not their primary sport
The way the boys went in the final, against players with a lot of experience and state players, they played well.”
St Joseph’s had two teams, with its number one team dominant.
After big wins in the round games and taking out a fiery and physical encounter to record a 50-point win over St Patrick’s in the Paul Kelly Cup final, St Joseph’s played Beelbangera in the MIA final and came away with a comprehensive 36-point victory, 6.8 (44) to 1.2 (8).
Coached by parent Ryan Mahalm, teacher Brendon Greatz said it was a new-look team from last year’s successful unit.
“The general standard, the average player is better,” he said.
“We didn’t have a standout individual (this year). We have got a team of very good players.”
St Joseph’s now progresses to the state finals to been held at Manuka Oval in Canberra. Last year’s state finals were held at Blacktown with St Joseph’s knocked out in the semi-final stage.
The finals are played as a round robin, with pool winners progressing to semi-finals and then the overall state final.
ONE of Parkview’s best throughout the day, Mathew Axtill, 11, battles for possession.
LARA Cameron, 11, sends Parkview PS forward at the Tony Lockett Shield/Paul Kelly Cup MIA gala day.
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