Perth College was well represented at this year’s inaugural All-Star AFL competition with two students making the IGSSA team and one of our resident AFLW superstars and Health and Physical Education teacher, Amy Lavell, picked to co-coach the side.
Tamsyn (Year 12) and Annabel (Year 11) made it through a tough selection process in May to make the IGSSA school’s top 25 students.
After just one training together, the team donned the Fremantle Dockers AFLW guernseys in August to go up against the Associated and Catholic Colleges (ACC) and School Sport WA (SSWA) teams in a round robin competition at Claremont Oval.
Tamsyn and Annabel, who both play football in local competitions, were able to celebrate a win against SSWA alongside their teacher and coach, which they described as both “surprising and awesome”.
Ms Lavell said it was a great test of her coaching skills.
“It was a pretty awesome experience for me. I’ve obviously done a lot of coaching with the Fremantle Dockers, but to not have any idea what the athletes played like, or what positions they played, was challenging,” she said.
“The best part about it was that it is another really good pathway for AFLW and the perfect opportunity for girls to showcase their talent with talent scouts and the Fremantle AFLW Head Coach there."
“Plus, it was just so fun and the kids really enjoyed it, which was fantastic to see.”
In another effort to open up opportunities for students to play football, AFL will be officially offered as an IGSSA sport to choose during Term One next year for all Senior School students.