Our AFL All-Stars Shine
All the stars of WA schoolgirls’ football came out to play at the inaugural Inter-Association All-Star AFL Tournament at Claremont Oval. The event, held on Friday 6 August, was supported by the Western Australian Football Commission and the Fremantle Dockers. The attendance of WAFC talent specialists and the AFLW Dockers’ coach, Trent Cooper, made it a tremendous opportunity for all players.
The competition saw each association playing against one another with a win/loss record and percentage placing teams on a ladder to work out the champion association.
The three associations involved were:
- Associated and Catholic Colleges (ACC ), an independent secondary schools sports association that has a membership of 89 schools around the State.
- School Sports Western Australia, a representative team made up of players from the government schools in WA
- The Independent Girls’ Schools Sports Association (IGSSA) is, of course, the association of eight girls’ schools of which Santa Maria College is a member.
The IGSSA team had a squad of 26 players, including Alli Nokes, Georgie Cleaver, and Chloe Williams from Santa Maria College. Alli Nokes was team captain.
This was the first time any of these girls had come together as a team, with one training session being the only lead-up to the event. However, the girls benefitted from the guidance of the very experienced coaching staff in Amy Lavell and Amanda Robertson. Amy Lavell’s connection with Fremantle FC saw the team utilising both Roxy Roux and Emma O’Driscoll (AFLW players) as runners on the day, an extra thrill for the girls.
With all teams winning a game on the day and sharing the points, it came down to percentages to determine the winner. ACC won the Inaugural Inter-Association All-Star AFL trophy ahead of IGSSA in second place and the SSWA team.
Georgie Cleaver (Santa Maria) won the Team Most Valuable Player award, as voted by the WAFC panel.
Overall, it was a fabulous event that showcased the talent of our young school-aged footballers, and the success of this year’s tournament will ensure it becomes an annual event.’