The 2012 Kooga AFL Under 17 Youth Girls State Championships commence at Watson’s Oval, Cairns, tomorrow Friday October 26.
The Brisbane Flames (Brisbane South East and West), QANTASlink Crusaders (Cape York), Central Coast Cobras (Mackay, Capricornia and Wide Bay), North Queensland Lions (Cairns and Townsville), Southern Stars (Gold Coast, Northern Rivers and Darling Downs) and Suncoast Storm (Sunshine Coast and Brisbane North) will vie for the state title in a three-day, round robin style carnival that will conclude on Sunday October 28.
AFL Queensland Female Programs Manager Julia Price said the strength of this year’s competition reflected the rapid growth of female football.
“Female football is one of the fastest growing sports in Australia and Queensland participation numbers across all of our programs have increased by a massive 332 percent in 2012,” said Price.
“The Kooga AFL Queensland Under 17 Youth Girls Championships bring together the best of our young female talent from across the state and we are expecting the standard of competition to be high.”
Price said that the event would also serve as a warm up to the 2013 AFL National Women’s Championships to be held in Cairns.
“We are thrilled that Cairns has been chosen to host the 2013 AFL National Championships,” she said.
“The best women footballers from throughout the country will gather in Cairns to compete at the highest level and experience the warmth, hospitality and world class tourist attractions of the region.”
A Queensland Under 18 Squad will be selected at the completion of the Championships, to compete in Under 18 Youth Girls National Championships to be held in Victoria in May.
All games will be played at North Cairns AFC, Watson’s Oval, McNamara Street, Cairns.
DAY 1 – FRIDAY OCTOBER 26
3.00pm Suncoast Storm v Brisbane Flames
4.00pm NQ Lions v QANTASlink Crusaders
5.00pm Central Coast Cobras v Southern Stars
DAY 2 – SATURDAY OCTOBER 27
8.00am QANTASlink Crusaders v Central Coast Cobras
9.00am Brisbane Flames v NQ Lions
10.00am Southern Stars v Suncoast Storm
11.00am QANTASlink Crusaders v Brisbane Flames
Noon Suncoast Storm v Central Coast Cobras
1.00pm NQ Lions v Southern Stars
3.00pm QANTASlink Crusaders v Suncoast Storm
4.00pm Central Coast Cobras v NQ Lions
5.00pm Southern Stars v Brisbane Flames
DAY 3 – SUNDAY 28 OCTOBER 2012
9.00am Southern Stars v QANTASlink Crusaders
10.00am NQ Lions v Suncoast Storm
11.00am Brisbane Flames v Central Coast Cobras