A new tradition was created on Wednesday 14 November to officially open the new field at Wyangan Oval. The 2018 premiership winning Senior Girls AFL team took on a very capable team of AFL Alumni, including, Ms Bronwyn Lee and Casey Reynoldson (Class of 2016) who both joined in on field, and coached by Mrs McQueen.
Our team was expecting the Alumni team to be good, however I don't think we realised how competitive the game was going to become. The crowd of parents, students and staff surrounding Koala House watched on as both teams endured some big hits, fantastic marks and close goals. We were feeling confident after the first two quarters and managing to get a lead, however this wasn't for long. The Alumni team only needed the first half to get back into the AFL mindset after not playing for multiple years. The score became extremely close towards the end of the third quarter and we listened intently to Matt Smith's final quarter time pep-talk before taking the field for the final 10 minutes.
The last quarter was the toughest yet and with a minute and a half to go, we were up by two points. Unfortunately for the senior girls, an exceptional mark in front of goal in the final minute saw the Alumni team score a sneaky goal by Tuna (Christina Vinaccia, Class of 2016), leaving our team with a task of catching up in this short amount of time. In the end, the Alumni team proved that they were all definitely still extremely skilled at the sport, winning by four points.
This new tradition was enjoyed thoroughly by all players and having our parents, friends and teachers there to support us was amazing. Hopefully this continues next year - although the Year 11s are a bit nervous to take on many of the year 12s in our team when they move on to the Alumni team. Let's just hope Alice can maybe take it easy on us?
Thank you to Mr Lunniss, Miss Oppermann and Molly Ritson for all of their work organising the match, to Matt Smith (Class of 2017) and Mrs McQueen for coaching the teams on the day, and to all of the staff, parents and students who came along to support us!
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