Park Ridge State High School’s junior girls AFL Team proudly represented their school at the Queensland semi-finals against Palm Beach Currumbin on Wednesday 6 October 2021.

The team earned their place in the semi-finals after taking out the Kedron team on September 7 with a winning score of 70 – 0 at the quarterfinals.

Park Ridge State High School’s junior girls team’s performance over the season has proven them to be one of the top teams in Queensland.

AFL Excellence program director Zac McLean said Palm Beach Currumbin put up a hard fight against the Park Ridge team at the semi-finals.

“We got outplayed by them, and it didn’t go our way unfortunately,” he said.

“They’re the best school in QLD for pretty much all grades, so we knew it was going to be pretty tough.”

Mr McLean said it had been a challenging year with Covid, and the fact that the girls made it to the semi-finals was a huge achievement they should be proud of.

The Park Ridge junior girls team celebrated many victories against various other schools across the season, which qualified them for the quarterfinals.

Mr McLean said the junior girls squad was a tight-knit group who displayed excellent sportsmanship on and off the field.

“We’ve got a very talented squad of girls who will have a really bright future in AFL,” he said.

“Their attitude towards the game and learning is fantastic, and the culture that they’re created in that squad is something we take pride in.”

The semi-finals against PBC was a good test of character for the team, which Mr McLean said they had already grown from.

“They can’t wait to meet that challenge again and put on a better show next time,” he said.

The AFL Excellence Program at Park Ridge provided AFL as a subject for students to learn game structure, skill development and team bonding.

“The average AFL Excellence student here would probably train five times a week,” Mr McLean said.

Park Ridge State High School was looking to expand their AFL Excellence Program for students in all high school grades.

Mr McLean said Park Ridge State High School AFL Excellence students did not necessarily have to attend PRSHS to join the program. 

To inquire about the PRSHS AFL Excellence program email Zac McLean at zmcle36@eq.edu.au

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