June 08, 2017
2017 has proven to be a terrific year for AFL at MLC, one of the many sports offered in our Co-Curricular program.

It is the first time the College has fielded three teams, and one of very few schools to have that many. The program has also been bolstered by the inclusion of an AFL 9s team. Approximately 70 girls between Year 9 and 12 lace up their boots each week, and this number has continued to grow.

This season, MLC is on the road to try and achieve a record 7th consecutive GSV premiership, which is a phenomenal achievement considering AFL has only been a part of GSV since 2009!

There have been some amazing results across all three teams this year – with some that might be considered an old-fashioned ‘thrashing’! – resulting in our A-team playing against Melbourne Girls’ Grammar in the Grand Final this coming Friday, 9 June.

Three values were established at the beginning of the season: respect, team morale and trust – all of which have put the team in good stead!

The program has been strengthened with the inclusion of several Old Collegians who have chosen to return to coach the teams: Emily Jarman (2016); Anna Hayes (2016), who was Captain of the team last year, and Jess Anderson (2015), Captain in 2015 and who played for the Melbourne Demons in the inaugural ALFW season.

It has been a tremendous source of inspiration having these players return to coach, ensuring the continued success and longevity of the program at MLC.

With her experience in playing in the AFLW, Jess says that it’s amazing that the students can look at her and say, ‘if she can do it, why can’t I?’

“We have always had a large interest in the game,” says Ryan Duke, one of MLC’s coaches. “The numbers have been consistent but they have increased slightly because of AFLW.”

There have also been many girls who have crossed over from other sports; Lara Edmanson in Year 10 plays basketball, baseball, water polo and is also a snowboarder, but over the past two years has found a new love in footy. With little prior experience in the sport, she admitted she was a little nervous in starting but says, “My teachers and the other girls really welcomed me, and I love the team aspect of it and everyone is so supportive. It’s a really fun game!”

Congratulations to all participants for their amazing efforts and good luck to the A-team in the Grand Final, we know there will be lots of support!

Click here to view a gallery from when MLC last played MGGS at Gosch's Paddock.

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