Capricornia girls rule the footy field at state carnival
SURPRISES come in all shapes and sizes and, at the State Invitational under 16 girls Aussie Rules carnival, it came in the form of the Capricornia side.
It was the second time Capricornia fielded a team but this year it didn't need to merge with the northern region to do it.
Even so, for three-quarters of the Capricornia girls, it was their first Aussie Rules carnival.
With students from Rockhampton, Mackay and Central Highlands regions, Capricornia quickly became known as the surprise packet, showing massive improvement from last year's performance at the inaugural Aussie Rules carnival.
Up against seven other regions, the girls became known as tough competitors, excelling in their determination to tackle, chase down opponents and clear out the ball.
Jazmyn Pringle, Hannah Davidson and Meghan Post led the way for Capricornia in their ability to defend players, shepherd the ball, be tackled and get up again.
"They were real workhorses of the team and inspired all spectators and team mates," coach Laura Kidd said.
Kidd also mentioned Arwa Gulf-Waterton, Vera Duncan and Tashina Ketchup.
She said their ball handling skills, kicking and marking were excellent.
"Jordan Smythe was the team saviour as fullback, outrunning defenders to loose balls and preventing a plethora of goals," team trainer Daniel Skipper said.
Smythe was on debut at her first carnival.
At the end of the carnival, a State Merit team was chosen with Jordan Smythe and Hannah Davidson selected.
With continued support, organisers hope next year will see girls Aussie Rules expand to a full State Championship, played over three to four days.
And there may be a state representative team selected to compete at a National Championship.