Primary School Competitions

Paul Kelly Cup

The Paul Kelly Cup is the largest AFL primary school competition in New South Wales and the ACT and is open to students in Years 5 and 6.  We encourage all schools to enter a girls and boys side as part of the competition!

The Paul Kelly Cup consists of 12 player teams competing in round robin carnivals in your local area. Games are played on a smaller field using modified 12-a-side rules. This allows children who are new to the game to experience and enjoy AFL in a safe and fun environment. Your team(s) will play a minimum of three games at your AFL Paul Kelly Cup Gala Day.

Local Paul Kelly Cup days are held in Term 1 and early Term 2. Winning teams progress to a regional final, normally completed in Term 2. The state final, will take place at the end of Term 2 with sides from all over New South Wales and the ACT.

We are currently locking away venues for our 2020 Paul Kelly Cup Local Gala Days and will publish the date and locations once they are confirmed.

Paul Kelly Cup Past Winners

2001 – Willoughby Public School (Boys)

2002 – Wagga Wagga Public School (Boys)

2003 –  Henschke Primary School (Boys)

2004 – St Michaels Primary School (Boys)

2005 –  Finley Public School (Boys)

2006 –  Henschke Primary School (Boys)

2007 – Belmore North Public School (Boys)

2008 – Henschke Primary School (Boys)

2009 – Mater Dei College Wagga (Boys)

2010 – Mater Dei College Wagga (Boys) and Kings Langley Public School (Girls)

2011 – St Patricks, Albury (Boys) and The Assumption School, Bathurst (Girls)

2012 – St Patricks, Albury (Boys) and Finley Public School (Girls)

2013 – St Patricks, Albury (Boys) and Lilli Pilli Public School (Girls)

2014 – St Patricks, Albury (Boys) and Henschke Primary School (Girls)

2015 – Henschke Primary School (Boys) and Holy Family, Kelso (Girls)

2016 – Trinity Anglican College, Albury (Boys) and Lavington East Public School (Girls)

2017 Knox Grammar (Boys) and Wallsend South Public School (Girls)

2018 Knox Grammar (Boys) and Lindsay Park Public School (Girls)

2019 Albury Public School (Boys) and St Catherine’s Singleton (Girls)

Tony Lockett Shield

The Tony Lockett Shield is a competition open the NSW Department Primary Schools to contest. The knockout competitions reaches a final played at Blacktown International Sport Park. Please click HERE for competitions entry details.

High School Competitions

Swans and GIANTS Cup

The Swans Cup and Giants Cup are exciting competitions that link into the AFL NSW/ACT Competition Pathway. The competition is designed for secondary schools located within both the Sydney Swans and GWS Giants talent zones.

For the Swans Cup, this will include schools from Sydney Harbour, Sydney South/Illawarra, Hunter/Central Coast and Northern NSW. For the Giants Cup, schools from Greater Western Sydney, Southern NSW and the ACT/South Coast will participate in.

Both competitions consist of boys and girls divisions. Both competitions consist of 15’s and Opens, boy’s and girl’s.

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Swan Shield

The Swan Shield is a competition open to NSW Department High Schools.The knockout competition is for Under 15s Boys to contest. Please click HERE for competition entry details.

School Sport Australia Pathway

Students 12 years and under and 15 years and under have the opportunity to trial and participate in the AFL School Sport pathway. Students will trial to represent their zone before being selected to participate in the NSW All Schools Carnival, from there the NSW All Schools team is selected at 12s boys, 15s boys and 15s girls to participate in the AFL School Sport Australia carnival. More information below.

12s Boys

NSW Primary Schools Sports Association

NSW Combined Catholic Primary Schools

NSW Combined Independent Schools

15s Boys

NSW Combined High Schools Trials

NSW Combined Catholic Colleges

NSW Combined Independent Schools

15s Girls

NSW Combined High Schools Trials


Greater Syd AFL Reg Greater Syd AFL TRIAL

NSW Combined Catholic Colleges

NSW Combined Independent Schools

The AFL has arranged Public Liability Insurance for a sum Insured of $20,000,000 to cover its legal liabilities. The AFL expects each school involved in Australian Football programs to maintain public liability insurance to sufficiently cover its legal liabilities. At its own discretion each school or individual may want to consider purchasing personal accident insurance to protect it against claims for non-Medicare medical expenses arising from this Australian Football program, or any other school program.

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