The 2023 StreetSmarts AFLQ Schools Cup State Finals will see premiers crowned in a festival of footy at Maroochydore Multi Sports Complex from Friday October 13th – Sunday October 15th.
The competition has again reached new heights in 2023, with a record 693 teams and almost 16,000 students across Queensland participating in games since March this year. This weekend 34 teams from 25 schools across six divisions will vie for their division’s premiership.
Introduced in 2016, the StreetSmarts Cup is AFL Queensland’s premier schools’ competition. The state-wide, interschool competition for boys and girls includes Primary and Secondary School teams, in addition to inclusion sides.
Friday will see preliminary games contested before Primary State Finals are played on Saturday, and Secondary State Finals are played on Sunday.
Head of AFL Queensland Trisha Squires is looking forward to welcoming school teams from across Queensland to participate in one of the largest competitions in the country.
“2023 has been another outstanding year for the StreetSmarts AFLQ Schools Cup,” she said.
“The competition has seen nearly 700 teams compete this year and this weekend, teams from Cairns, Rockhampton, Farnborough, Brisbane, Gold and Sunshine Coasts will battle it out for AFL school glory.
“I would like to thank the Sunshine Coast Council for their support as our State Finals partner this weekend and thank our wonderful principal partner of the 2023 AFLQ Schools Cup, StreetSmarts, for their ongoing support of this program.
“Thank you to all the students, teachers, parents, coaches, umpires, and volunteers throughout the year who have made this carnival possible.
“Good luck to all the teams competing this weekend.”
Joanna Robinson, General Manager (Land Transport Safety and Regulation) at the Department of Transport and Main Roads said the opportunity to support the Schools Cup is an important one.
“StreetSmarts is proud to again partner with AFL Queensland to deliver the Schools Cup competition,” she said.
“This is our third year and we have watched the competition continue to grow across the state.
“It gives us an important opportunity to reach the next generation of drivers to promote the importance of road safety at all times.
“Well done to all the teams that have made it to the State Finals this weekend, and good luck!”
Sunshine Coast Economy Portfolio Councillor Jason O’Pray said the region had been recognised as a real hub for training, events and competitions across many sports, including AFL.
“We were excited to recently host the biggest AFL Masters carnival,” Cr O’Pray said.
“It is great to follow that with the arrival of a record number of talented young AFL athletes to grow, develop and compete in a safe, friendly environment at the Maroochydore Multi-Sports Complex.
“Sunshine Coast Council is proud to support this development opportunity for the juniors coming through.”
Amongst the competitors at this year’s carnival is St Laurence’s College in Brisbane, who have a team in the Primary Male, Junior Male and Senior Male divisions.
Sam Wiltshire, St Laurence’s Director of Sports Administration and Partnerships said the college felt privileged to be part of such a great competition.
“It’s always been a pleasure to be part of the StreetSmarts AFLQ Schools Cup competition,” he said.
“We’ve been able to experience some fantastic fixtures from Gala Days at Springfield to playing at Heritage Bank Stadium.
“The College prides itself on being able to expose our students to these types of opportunities, where our boys can grow and develop, not only as players but young men as well.
“It has been so pleasing to see all three teams still working hard and committed to representing the College proudly this weekend.”
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