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AFL Girls State Finals
Both the Senior and Junior Girls teams travelled up together from PBC to Maroochydore at 7:00am on Friday morning (18 October). The vibe on the bus was positive and focused with both teams set on returning home with 2 trophies.
The Senior Girls played tremendously on Friday. Up against a previously undefeated Narangba outfit the girls played with great energy and enthusiasm and came away with a comfortable victory. With Shenaya French dominant in the ruck the mids were able to do as they pleased as they fed a potent forward line. Classy left-footer Lily Wundke kicked a bag with tall target Faith Alchin also amongst the goals. The girls and Coach Wells were ecstatic after the game to make their way through to Sunday’s decider.
The junior girls Preliminary final was a tighter affair, with a physical and well drilled Kedron outfit giving the dominant team their first serious test for the year. A strong second quarter opened up a two goal lead and as the teams went goal for goal throughout the second half. Co-captain Ash Russell kicked the sealer as the Junior Girls also won their way through to the big dance. The absolute highlight of the game was at the final siren, with Senior Girls rushing on to the ground to embrace their junior counterparts in a heart-warming display of REDS spirit.
The finals were tight and tense affairs. The senior girls game both brutal and packed with skill. Midfield duo Maddy Crossman and Alice Saville did everything humanly possible to keep the REDS noses in front all game. It came down to the last minute, with a Miami break away leading to a goal and a heart-breaking last minute defeat. The girls can be proud of their fight and the spirit in which they played the game. The team has come so far since the start of the year, and we’re sure they’ll be back bigger and better in 2020.
The junior girls started well, and, kicking with the help of a strong breeze, held the upper hand after a spectacular Molly Fergusson snap from the pocket. With the backline standing up strong, Year 8’s Kiara Bischa and Kayla Giles intercepting at will and Josie McCabe dominant around the ball, they were able to keep an enthusiastic Varsity team at bay all game. When co-captain Piper Phelan broke the shackles of her tagging job in the last quarter to soccer through the match winner, the scenes of celebration were immense as a pile of red jerseys amassed on Piper in the goal square. Year 7 Mia Salisbury was a deserved winner of the medal for Best on Ground in the State Final. With 8 of our Year 9’s joining the senior girls next year, we look forward to the challenge of climbing the mountain again next year.
AFL Junior Boys State Finals
PBC's Boys Junior AFL team continued their undefeated season in Maroochydore last weekend by taking out the mantle of the state's best by winning the AFLQ School's Cup State Championships. PBC's Reds defeated St Augustine's College 13.10 (88) to 1.0 (6) in the Grand Final after accounting for Helensvale in the Preliminary Final 9.3 (57) to 1.3 (9).
All Schools Touch Football 2019
PBC had 3 teams entered into the Queensland All Schools Touch Tournament this year. Run over 5 days and with over 400 teams and 5000 players competing, including teams from overseas, it makes for a very gruelling competition to come out on top.
The 13’s Girls won 4 from 6 games and despite showing huge improvement throughout the tournament, unfortunately they finished third in their pool and they did not progress through the finals on Saturday in this highly competitive age division.
The Under 15 Girls dominated the teams in their pool going through to the finals undefeated amassing an impressive +81 points differential. In the round of 16 game they came up against the strong St Margaret Mary’s team from Townsville. In a game played in terrible conditions the scores were locked at 1 all at the end of regulation time. The game then entered a drop-off situation and after a couple of contentious decisions against them, unfortunately the opposition scored in the corner to end their tournament.
The Open girls had a successful carnival once again topping their pool in the prelim games also going through undefeated. On finals day in the Round of 16 they accounted for Mansfield 7-3 to move into the quarter-finals. There they met the very strong Cathedral College from Rockhampton and unfortunately bowed out the competition with their first loss of the tournament. With the calibre of teams’ playing in the carnival it was certainly a great achievement to make the top 8 in the state.
All teams represented the Reds with distinction with a never say die attitude across all games. It was great to see the tremendous support they showed for each other with a sea of red around the field when each team was playing.
Bring on World All Schools next year.
Mr Eggert and Mr Russell, PBC Touch Sports Excellence Coaches
Cricket State Finals
Congratulations to the PBC Open Boys Cricket team who travelled to the Sunshine Coast on Monday to compete in the State Final (Southern Region) for T20 Cricket. PBC's first game was a loss to Nudgee College, however the REDS beat Good Shepherd College, Noosa to take out 3rd place in the South QLD Zone. All boys played outstanding cricket in the game against Good Shepherd with Mitch Malone scoring 35 with the bat and taking 5 for 15 with the ball, outstanding effort Mitch. Harry Allen also contributed with 47 not out. To get to the finals PBC competed in this knock-out competition beating Emmanuel College, All Saints, Downlands College Toowoomba and Good Shepherd College. PBC were the only state school to make it to the finals. Congratulations to all boys on an outstanding season and representing the REDS with pride.
Warren Potter , Cricket Coach
Sweet 16 Basketball
Congratulations to the Junior Boys and Girls basketball teams for a fantastic effort at the Sweet 16 competition. Between both teams they played 18 games across 4 days! Both teams played with the intensity and heart of a true Red.
A further congratulations to the girls for placing 3rd and to Amelia Andrews for making the All Star 5 team. She showed great leadership across the 4 days and followed it up on court with her 3 point shooting and defensive intensity.