TASMANIA has secured a historic first win at female level during Thursday’s third round of games at the 2016 Youth Girls National Championships.
Facing the Woomeras indigenous team, at Dandenong’s Shepley Oval, Tasmania cruised to an unexpectedly easy victory, winning 7.10 (52) to 1.2 (8).
Kiwi representative Jolyn Collins was once again named best on ground for the Tasmanian side as she worked hard around the middle of the ground. Her efforts around the ball throughout the whole game showed that the Massey High School student has a lot of potential in the game.
AFL New Zealand High Performance Manager Mick Coultard, who was defensive coach for the Tassie side was proud of Jolyn’s campaign. “Jolyn has pioneered the next steps to establishing a pathway for NZ youth girls to play AFL, not only in NZ but potentially on the elite stage”.
The U18 NZ Hawks, who are currently touring Melbourne, travelled out to Dandenong to support Jolyn and made sure she was in good company as the squad cheered her on from the sideline.
Tasmanian Head Coach Andrew Philpott was overjoyed with the historic 34 point win. “I let them know afterwards, they sang the song twice and they were dancing with everybody. It was our best performance of the championships”.