North Brisbane primed for Youth Girls debut

By Mark Perriman

Brisbane North is looking look to cause a stir in their own backyard when they contest their first AFL Queensland Youth Girls State Championship later this month.

With competition kicking-off on October 24th, the newly-establish North Brisbane Brumbies team has worked hard forming a squad for this year’s carnival.

Development Coordinator and forward line coach Marcus MacDonald says that while he has had a few selection headaches, the quality of his side is not to be questioned.  

“As well as club sides, we have targeted various centres of excellence and schools that past squad members have come from,” said Marcus.

“We’ve got a few new girls as well as some playing in their second and third years, but we’ve also got some who have played from U9s and up.”

Zillmere’s All-Australia ruck / full-forward Taylor Harris is the jewel in North’s crown, heading a charge that MacDonald says is beginning to its straps.   

“They were a little wayward at the start, which is to be expected,” said MacDonald.

“But they’ve really started to gel really well as a group during training camp days.”

Despite lacking numbers, such is the quality that runs through his side that MacDonald is quietly backing his troops to hold their own in the heat of battle.

“We’re solid,” said MacDonald.

“We’re not too tall, and we’re aiming to be a run and carry side so our fitness should get us through if we stick to our game plan.”

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