The Gold Coast Sunsets have joined the back-to-back champions club with an 8-point win over the Brisbane South Vixens in the final of the Under 17 Youth Girls State Championships at Yeronga today.
A gritty first half from the Vixens saw them head into the major break 9-points up, but the classy Sunsets came out swinging in the third, kicking four goals to one to edge ahead by seven at the final change.
It was a slogging fourth quarter, full of tough, brave footy from both teams. The effort that was rewarded with just one score, a minor to the Vixens; The Gold Coast Sunsets taking home the cup 7.4.46 to Brisbane South Vixens 6.2.38.
It was a good carnival for the northern regions, North Queensland Northern Stars claiming Division 2 honours and Mackay Crows, Division 3.
Gold Coast’s Courteney Bromage was named Player of the Carnival, and Coaches Awards went to Briley Bradfield (Gold Coast Sunsets), Jade Ellinger (Brisbane South Vixens), Tayla Gesch (Sunshine Coast Storm), Jessi Henning (Darling Downs Demons), Rileigh Mohamed (Capricornia Cobras), Ellie Hampson (Townsville Eagles), Paige Murray (Wide Bay Wildcats), Madison McDonald (Mackay Crows), Shantel Miskin-Ripia (North Queensland Northern Stars), Jacqueline Yorston (Brisbane North) and Zoe Wood (Northern Rivers Breakers).