IT was a grand day for the Holy Family School girls’ Aussie rules side as they made it to the grand final of the Paul Kelly Cup statewide competition on Monday at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The Holy Family students fell just short, losing to Wallsend South Public from Newcastle in the decider, but were thrilled with their performance in the competition, according to school principal Kevin Arrow.
“The girls played really well,” he said.
“Some of them play for the Bushrangers in Bathurst, others play soccer and netball. One of them is even a rugby league player.
“But they played really well and had a great day. It was a wonderful thrill being out on the SCG.”
The Holy Family girls progressed to the state finals of the Paul Kelly Cup – which is open to students in years five and six – after sweeping all teams before them in the Western Region and Sydney West Region tournaments.
Holy Family was one of nine girls’ teams in the state finals on Monday at the SCG.
After keeping Radford College from Canberra scoreless in their opening game, the Holy Family girls lost to St Columbkille’s from Corrimal by one behind and then beat Parkview Public from Leeton by one behind to make the top four teams and the semi-finals.
They drew St Columbkille’s again and won by one behind, which put them into the grand final against Wallsend South Public, which the undefeated Newcastle side won 24-1.
Mr Arrow said the girls received a state AFL medal for their efforts in making the final two of 140 teams statewide.