Paul Kelly Cup celebrates 21st year of competition

The Sydney Cricket Ground will host the 21st Paul Kelly Cup State Finals on Monday, August 13, 2018.

The Paul Kelly Cup is the largest primary school knock-out competition in Australia with over 15,000 girls and boys playing off across the region throughout the year, culminating at the State Finals on that one day in August.

This year, 19 schools from around the region will compete in the State Finals, with schools such as Yamba Public School travelling from as far as 672km north of Sydney and Deniliquin South Public School who will travel 709km to compete.

Following the rise of female AFL participation in the region since the beginning of the AFL Women’s competition, for the first time ever, there will be more girls teams competing in the State Finals than boys in 2018.

In 2018, the Paul Kelly Cup State Finalists will be lucky enough to have a visit from the Sydney Swans legend himself, Paul Kelly who was a product of the Southern New South Wales region, all those years ago. Kelly will share his experiences from his career with the kids, as they vie for the Cup named in his honour.

In a competition that has seen many current Sydney Swans and GWS GIANTS players such as Kieren Jack, Harry Cunningham, Isaac Cumming and Harry Perryman, begin their AFL careers, AFL NSW/ACT is looking forward to seeing the next lot of future footy stars play on the hallow ground of the SCG.

AFL NSW/ACT would like to thank Yuhu Group who have come on board as sponsors of this year’s event.


Lane Cove West Public School

Wilkins Public School

St Catherni’e Public School Singleton

Toongabbie Public School

St Patrick’s Albury

Lindsay Park Public School

Forestville Public School

South Coogee Public School

Castle Hill Public School

Weetangera Public School

Yamba Public School

Narooma Public School


Knox Grammar

Yamba Public School

Narooma Public School

Kings Langley

Lilli Pilli Public School

Central Coast Adventist School

Deniliquin South Public School

Marist College

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