All Australian School Sides announced
The All Australian School sides have been announced after the 2016 School Sport Australia Combined AFL Championship in Maroochydore last week.
3 players from NSW were selected to be apart of both Boys and Girls teams. Liam Delahunty and Ryan Allen, who both play for regional NSW team Coolamon Rovers and Hannah Stewart from Hay War Memorial High School.
Liam Delahunty from The Riverina Anglican College in Wagga Wagga was awarded NSW Player of the Carnival, receiving best on for 3 matches and kicking an overall 11 goals.
Delahunty was pleased with being selected along side his fellow Coolamon team mate Ryan Allen “I was a big trill to be selected with Ryan. It hasn’t really kicked in, but now it’s clear that my future goal of playing AFL could be achievable. It was a privilege to be named Player of the Carnival, I think there were a lot of other boys who played consistently through out the week. I didn’t really expect it, so it was a bit of a shock.”
Ryan Allen from Kildare Catholic College in Wagga Wagga, received best on twice for his performance in both matches against Tasmania and ACT. Allen was also rewarded Player’s Player for the Championship. Stuart Newman, Schools and Universities Program Manager for AFL NSW/ACT said “He is a tough, clean and good defensive player.”
Hannah Stewart was the only player from NSW to be selected in the All Australian Girls team. Stewart was awarded best on in four out of five games, including the final against QLD 2. Stewart will work towards being selected for the Youth Girls Championships in 2017.
The 15s NSW Boys team finished in fifth place. Newman stated “Although NSW won their last 3 games, it could have been a different carnival, if the team won their game against South Australia, who finished in the final against Victoria.”
The 15s NSW Girls placed fifth overall in the Championships. The team finished off the carnival with a convincing 35-point win against QLD 2.
Finally, the 12s NSW Boys completed the Championships sixth, after being defeated by Tasmania in the 5 v 6 play off.