Senior AFL Team Undefeated
Senior AFL Team Remain Undefeated
We congratulate our Senior AFL Team who, for three years in a row remain undefeated in the GSV competition.
The 2018 final was played last Friday at Macleay Park in Balwyn and our CGGS girls defeated Melbourne Girls Grammar School.
As a sign of respect for indigenous Australians, leading into Reconciliation Week – the team played in indigenous guernseys. Murrundindi, ngurungaeta of the Wurundjeri people and longtime CGGS friend, presented the girls with their guernseys during the day and also attended the match – opening it with a traditional didgeridoo piece.
The team have a special bond with Murrundindi and were honoured to have him in attendance and to wear the special guernseys.
“We are proud to wear the indigenous guernsey and play for Murrundindi anthem Wurundjeri people,” says player Kate Sturzaker.
“The guernsey is symbolic of the school’s commitment to Reconciliation Week and we play with an increased energy and determination each time we wear them,” says Natasha Tucker.
Coach, Andrew Burnell has been instrumental in the development of AFL at the school and has been coaching the girls’ for four years. He says their commitment and dedication to the sport has seen them come a long way.
“In 2015, we were thrashed every single week but from that came a steely resolve to train a little harder, be more mentally and physical prepared for the demands of football, be more organised in terms of administration and communication, be more encouraging and use more positive affirmations – in many respects, develop a high performance culture in the sport,” he says.
Clearly their determination has paid off and under Andrew’s guidance they have developed a culture of a genuine self-belief in themselves and their team mates.
“They go into each match expecting to win – not in an arrogant way but just really self-assurred. Last week was a great example, they were really challenged by an equally skilled and determined opponent. The game was still in the balance at three quarter time but I knew in my heart that the girls would lift and that we would win given our positive mindset and will to win. We ran over them in the last quarter, says Andrew with a big smile.
Congratulations to all in the team and to Andrew!