The Year 5 and 6 boys and girls had the opportunity to represent Hillcrest in the Q Schools Cup AFL Gala day at Carrara. With only a few weeks preparation we weren’t expecting great success but saw it as an opportunity for students to participate in a sporting carnival that would be a rare occurrence during 2020.

Our boys played in the first game of the day against Varsity College and we showed that we were a more skilful team and harder at the ball. Kicking 2 goals in the first quarter gave us a lead that Varsity could not chase down. The boy’s second game was against Elanora State School, the eventual runners up for the carnival. It was clear that most players in their team played for local clubs and their experience and skilful use of the ball was evident. Although we lost by 4 goals, we showed that we could match any team on the day.

Our girls were keen to begin their journey to defend their Queensland State Title. Our first game against Varsity showed the experience, skill and the aggression of our girls. Kicking 7 goals to no score showed that Hillcrest was once again going to be a tough team to beat this year. The next game, against Elanora, was close but with ferocious tackling, our girls were triumphant, 1 goal to 1 point. Round 3 proved to be another close game against Boronia Heights State School. Our backline proving impenetrable, we kept them scoreless and after kicking 2 majors Hillcrest was into the Grand Final.

The girls would have to overcome a very fast and fit Miami State School in order to progress to the State Championships. The game was a very tight and tough affair with our girls showing that they were up for the fight. After a close first half, we were down by a point but during the second term the game was played in our half and although we only kicked 3 points to 1, Hillcrest appeared to have control over the game.

A highlight of the day was both the boys and girls celebrating the success of winning the Female Division Grand Final. The boys cheering and support helped the girls get the win. All players showed amazing sportsmanship that was very noticeable to all umpires and opponents. The girls have now qualified for the State Championships, held in the last week of October, at Maroochydore.

A big thank you must go to Mr Matt Lappin for the continued development of our players and effort in organising before school training. Also, thank you to Mr Cameron Suter and Mrs Michelle Pohlmann for supervising and supporting the students on the day.