2019 has proven to be another successful year of AFL at MLC!
In the GSV competition, MLC has once again fielded three teams and it is fantastic to continue to see such enthusiastic uptake by the student body. The footy community is inclusive and supportive, with players are aged from Year 9 to 12 across all three teams.
Congratulations to our A team who last week won the GSV Grand Final (MLC 7.3.45 def MGGS 1.3.9). MLC has now won a phenomenal eleven premierships! The team are now training for the Herald Sun Shield, the competition between Victoria's two top teams, held in July.
Alongside coach Ryan Duke, our assistants were Old Collegians Lily Goss (2017) and Maxine Wells (2017).
Importantly, 11 of the 22 A-team students started their football journeys in the B and C teams, but the passionate coaching and support by many GSV staff has seen to such great development, an aspect that Ryan Duke is particularly proud of. Congratulations also extend to our B and C teams for their amazing seasons and continued development!
The second season of the Old Scotch Stars is also going superbly in 2019. This team, which is made up by a strong cohort of MLC Old Collegians (including our 6 GSV coaches) and offers a pathway for our students to continue football once they finish Year 12, is so far well on top of the ladder!
In a terrific night of MLC footballing community spirit, the current A, B and C teams joined the Stars in a joint training session, also attended by many parents. Highlights included an emotional speech from Emily Jarman (2016) on her journey from MLC to Old Scotch, and hearing from our current MLC captains Annabel Sutherland (Year 12) and Mimi Hill (Year 11).
We also have four current MLC students playing for the Stars: Mia Cowan, Pip Silverii, Katie Hunter-Scott and Mimi Hill (all Year 11).
Just when you thought our students couldn’t achieve much more in football, we are also delighted that five MLC students (past and current) were also named in the Victorian Amateur Football Association’s extended “Big V” squad: Imogen Barnett (2013), Vanessa Murphy (2013), Amy Arundel (2015), Anna Hayes (2016) and Mia Cowan (current Year 11), who was the only player under the age of 18 named.
Congratulations to Anna, Imogen and Vanessa for being named in the final team, with Vanessa also being named captain. The Big V went to dominate against Victorian Goldfields.
Final acknowledgement goes to Mimi Hill in Year 11, who at just sixteen years of age was named captain of the Oakleigh Chargers – this is on top of captaining MLC’s side and playing for Old Scotch. The Chargers play in the NAB League, which is the U18 feeder league into the VFL.
“I was a bit nervous because I'm not top-age and it's a bit intimidating captaining people who are older than you,” Mimi says. “But there's really good community vibes, and everyone's getting around each other.”
It’s amazing to think that this can all be achieved in a sport that is still relatively new for girls, and we are so proud of how far it has come!