Lucy plays for Queens­land

Eidsvold tal­ent makes grand fi­nal match

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

AFL QUEENS­LAND: Eidsvold’s Lucy Thomp­son clears the ball from the back-line. TRAV­EL­LING toWestern Australia to rep­re­sent Queens­land for the sec­ond time, Eidsvold’s Lucy Thomp­son played in the back line in her ma­roon jer­sey.

The 17-year-old uni­ver­sity stu­dent said the ex­pe­ri­ence was one of the best of her life.

“I played in Can­berra last year in this team and we didn’t make the grand fi­nal so this was some­thing spe­cial to get so close to win­ning the Na­tion­als,” she said.

Thomp­son said her ex­pe­ri­ence of play­ing for her state was sim­ply awe­some.

“There are so many amaz­ing play­ers at the Na­tion­als, it is a bit hard to be­lieve that I am part of this great team,” she said.

“I will now join the academe of se­nior AFL woman as I am now too old for the ju­nior ranks.”

Queens­land went down by seven points in a thrilling grand fi­nal of the AFL Na­tional Youth Girls Cham­pi­onships.

They were de­feated by Vic­to­ria Metro 1.2.22 to 2.3.15.

For­mer Fitzroy great and now AFL Queens­land CEO Michael Con­lan said he was proud of the way the girls played and be­ing in­West­ern Australia with the team was an hon­our.

“The un­der 18 Na­tion­als have been an in­spi­ra­tional jour­ney for the girls and their ef­forts have been amaz­ing,” Mr Con­lan said.

AFL Queens­land un­der 18 team cel­e­brates af­ter a win against West­ern Australia.

“The Queens­land woman are get­ting stronger each year.”

Ear­lier in the day West­ern Australia beat Vic Coun­try to fin­ish third.

Queens­land’s Tayla Har­ris was named the best and fairest player for the cham­pi­onships from Pool A while also be­ing named the best player in the grand fi­nal.

Thomp­son is study­ing ex­er­cise and sport science at ACU and Mr Con­lan said there would al­ways be a spot for her in the ranks of the Queens­land AFL.

“If Lucy works like she plays foot­ball, I want her on my team,” he said.

South Australia proved vic­to­ri­ous beat­ing NSW/ACT in the pool B grand fi­nal.

Hay­ley Smith was named the best player in the Pool B play­off for third po­si­tion for her ef­forts in help­ing the Woomeras beat the Thun­der Devils.

All-Aus­tralian team was named fol­low­ing the Cham­pi­onships fea­tur­ing five play­ers from Vic Metro, five from Queens­land, four fromWA, three from South Australia, two from Vic Coun­try, two from NSW/ACT, two from the Woomeras and one from Tas­ma­nia.

Michael Con­lan If Lucy works like she plays foot­ball, I want her on my team.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

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