Queensland has posted its first victory of the 2013 AFL Youth Girls Championships after overcoming Vic Country/Tasmania in Game 1 today.
In a low scoring arm wrestle, the girls from the sunshine state found the edge when it mattered to salute 5.4 (34) to 0.2 (2).
Jordan Zanchetta was the star for Qld with 20-plus possessions and some inspirational runs down the wing. She was well supported by Caitlin Collins, captain Emily Bates and defender Shannon Campbell.
Ruckman Tayla Harris was also pivotal to the win, continuing her stellar form at the championships.
Such was the ferocity of the contest that neither team managed a major in end-to-end first term.
Queensland’s best found worthy opponents in Vic Country/Tas captain Vanessa Lewicki who was like a wall at full back, and speedy on-baller Jenna Bruton.
Bruton and fellow smalls Lily Mithen and Grace Campbell played their hearts out but Queensland’s strength proved too much.
A clever goal by Annameika Mole ensured Queensland enjoyed a 5-point lead at half time before another to Jade Ransfield and one to Maddie Protheroe saw them clear out by 17-points at the last change.
Vic Country/Tas refused to buckle but with the ball stuck in their back half could do little to stop Queensland posting a comfortable victory.
Queensland coach Deion Menzies said it was great to see his girls get some reward for all their hard work.
We were really pleased with the way we played today and great for the girls to get a win,” he said.
“I thought we played our worst football against Vic Metro and were a bit unlucky against WA,” he said.