The St Catherine’s Catholic College girls under-12 AFL side made history on Monday afternoon when taking out the 2019 Paul Kelly Cup.
After claiming eight convincing wins in a row the Singleton contingent trailed Lindsay Park by a goal in the final at Sydney’s Spotless Stadium before prevailing 3.1 (19) to 2.1 (13) in the end.
Earlier in the day the side defeated Bishop Druitt College, St John the Baptist – Woy Woy and Wilkins in the pool stage before knocking off Trinity College in the semi final.
“It’s just a fantastic feeling to win, I feel so proud of each and every girl out there today,” St Catherine’s Catholic College coach Patrick Fitzgerald said.
“They were all so excited come out and compete at Giants Stadium, it was a big trip to the city and they were determined to give it everything they had and they certainly did.
“There’s been a lot of hard work at lunchtimes to win this competition and each and every member of the team deserves this victory.”
THE WINNING STREAK:
vs. Singleton Heights (May)
- A one sided affair played at Singleton’s Rose Point Park.
vs. Biddabah (June)
- The Singleton girls secured a 9.6 (60) to 1.1 (7) victory.
vs. Tomaree (June)
- An 82-point victory, keeping their opponents scoreless.
vs. Dudley (June)
- A 51-point victory, again, keeping their opponents scoreless.
vs. Bishop Druitt College (Monday)
- The Singleton girls prevail 3.4 (22) to 0.0 (0).
vs. St John the Baptist, Woy Woy (Monday)
- The Singleton girls prevail 2.7 (19) to 1.0 (6).
vs. Wilkins Primary School (Monday)
- The Singleton girls prevail 4.3 (27) to 0.1 (1), keeping their opponents goalless.
vs. Trinity College (Monday)
- The Singleton girls book a spot in the final after a 2.1 (13) to 1.2 (8) victory over Lindsay Park.
vs. Lindsay Park (Monday)
- The Singleton are crowned as NSW champions.
“I am so jealous of watching all of these kids out here today, I would have loved this opportunity to play in a stadium like this when I was in Primary School,” GWS Giants AFLW player Erin McKinnon explained.
“To see the growth of the game in NSW and the ACT as a player has been fantastic, and the standard of this competition just keeps going up every year.”
MEANWHILE Albury Public School won the boy’s competition against Knox Grammar.
By Alex Tigani