In 2018, St Michael’s introduced the School’s very first AFL Women’s (AFLW) team that competed in the inaugural season of ACS Senior Girls Football. The team performed extremely well throughout the season, going on to win the premiership in an exciting match against St Leonard’s!
Leading the Senior Girls Football team this year are Year 12 students and Co-captains, Evie Craig and Mima Golias, who are excited and optimistic about the future of AFLW at St Michael’s.
“We have a lot of pride in being part of the School’s first AFLW team,” said Evie. “It’s awesome to know that you’re representing a group of girls who are keen to play the sport and haven’t had the chance to before.”
My advice to any girls considering playing football is to just go for it, you’ll love it!Mima Golias, Year 12 student and Girls Football Co-Captain
“Playing football is so much fun,” said Mima. “You get to run around with your friends and have a good time.”
Finding a balance between study and sporting commitments is important, especially for our senior students as they embark on their VCE studies.
“One of the things we’re encouraged to do in Year 12 is to keep active,” said Evie. “Football training is a good way to balance school work with keeping fit and socialising with your friends.”
In finding a balance between study and football, Evie and Mima are both inspired by Old Michaelian and AFLW 2018 number one draft pick Isabel Huntington (OM 2017).
“Isabel was Co-captain of the School, played football and gained an amazing ATAR score,” said Evie.
“Now she’s playing AFLW for the Western Bulldogs while studying medicine, she’s incredible,” said Mima.
The ACS Football season is underway and last week, for the very first time, the First XVIII Girls Football team played before the First XVIII Boys Football team competed for the annual Geoffrey Ryan Cup which was hosted by St Michael’s this year at Elsternwick Park.
Both our sides fought hard throughout and were just beaten by Westbourne, with the Girls team beaten by just 2 points!
In only the second AFLW season for the ACS, we’re sure this will become another wonderful feature of the Geoffrey Ryan Cup.
Thank you to all who joined us and made it a wonderful night. We look forward to the remainder of the ACS Football season.