Schools of Excellence season kicks off

The School footy season officially kicks off this Friday with the annual Jonathan Brown Cup.

Schools from Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast will travel to Yeronga to take part in the first of two, term one carnivals.

Contested by South East Queensland schools offering AFL excellence programs, the Jonathan Brown Cup is an introductory competition for year eight students not only new to secondary school, but new to a higher standard of school footy.

Teams from Brisbane, Victoria Point, Narangba Valley, Sandgate District and Park Ridge State High will join the Sunshine Coast’s Mountain Creek State High and the Gold Coast’s Helensvale, Benowa, and reigning premiers Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School.

The nature of the competition is modified, with teams of nine taking to a smaller field and changing zones; ensuring new students get an opportunity to play in all positions, assisting their teachers to learn more about their playing styles for the upcoming Schools of Excellence Cup season.

Round One of the Schools of Excellence Cup starts in the first week of March, with this season’s format taking a different approach to 2013.

Schools will play in Divisions One and Two, with two ‘super rounds’ being held for rounds four and five, bringing all teams together at one venue for qualifying and semi-finals.

The season will culminate with the senior grand final at the Gabba, as part of the Brisbane Lions Cup schools grand final day on 31st July.

Draws for all competitions can be found via the School section on the AFL Queensland website, with updates from matches via Twitter (@AFLQschoolfooty).

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