Green Bay High crowned female champs
11 Nov, 2015
Green Bay High School have confirmed their status as Auckland AFL Champions with a triumphant performance at the Auckland Female Junior Hawks Cup.
Rutherford College hosted the girls from Green Bay High School in what was going to be a very good match up between the two Schools.
The game was played with a strong westerly blowing, but that didn’t stop the girls from putting on a phenomenal performance. Rutherford elected to kick into the wind in the first quarter in hope that Green Bay would get off to a slow start. The hosts managed to only let in one goal but were unable to score themselves.
In the second quarter, player of the day Tayla Harold kicked a superb goal early to get Rutherford back into the game and found themselves down by only 5 points at half time.
After the break, Green Bay’s hard work in training payed off as they showed off their speed and skill to extend their lead. Poppy Makatoa (Green Bay High School) produced the goal of the game when she worked the ball from defence into the attacking zone and kicked a big six pointer from 30 metres out.
In the final quarter, Green Bay were still running hard and kicked 3 goals to Rutherford’s one to be crowned champions of Auckland in 2015.
A notable performance went to Rutherford College defender Stevie-Lee Malatai who worked hard all throughout the game and even managed to snare a great goal in the 3rd quarter.
The game between the two West Auckland Schools was also notable for the high skill level and tactical play shown by all teams, a good sign for future of female AFL in New Zealand.
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Without the support of volunteers and teachers, the Auckland Junior Hawks Cup would not have been possible and AFL New Zealand would like to thank Jeff Silby (Rutherford College) and John Lipscombe (Green Bay High School) for organising their teams to come along.
With the Hawks Cup now complete, recognised players will now be involved in the AFL New Zealand High Performance programme and will look to gain selection into the New Zealand Kahu team when they host a touring Woomeras team in early December in Auckland.
Green Bay High School: Loka Fa’aui 3, Poppy Makatoa 2, Sam Murtagh, Rebekah McPhatter
Rutherford College: Tayla Harold, Betsy Davis-Barr, Stevie-Lee Malatai, Jayda Butterworth
Rutherford College: Tayla Harold
Green Bay High School: Poppy Makatoa
Player of the tournament: Rebekah McPhatter (Green Bay High School)