Healthy signs for girls in Aussie Rules in cap selection
AUSSIE RULES: While the Gladstone Mudcrabs senior team may be struggling for the time being, the club's younger grades are thriving.
This is evidenced with the selection of Tierney Burke, Kiera O'Connor and Molly Black in the Capricorn team that will play in the 13-15 years Girls State Australian Football Championships next week in Cairns.
The Calliope trio have been integral players in the Muddies under-13 side that has won two games in a row.
Gladstone Mudcrabs under-13 coach Trevor Black, who is Molly's father, said they impressed in recent trials that paved their way to selection.
"They have gone through the Port Curtis trials at Toolooa High School and they went to Mackay and played up there," Black said.
"That was representing Port Curtis to make the Capricorn team and it was a big effort especially all coming from the one team."
Molly is a tall and agile defender, as is Kiera.
"She's a bit of a hard nut and likes to attack the ball and run off the backline," Black said.
"Tierney is very quick and I have played her on a forward flank and she has a lot of pace."
The championships will run from May 10-13 and played at both Cazaly's and Watsons Park venues.
Teams will play against each other once before games are crossed over from the various pools in finals on the final day.
Black said there's plenty of incentive for the players.
"From this they will then select a state side and it's a good story that they've come from the one area and play for the same team," he said.
Black said there's a big contingent of female players in the Muddies under-13 side in what is essentially a male dominated age bracket.
The three join Kaila Kirkwood, Maddison Collings, Chloe McHale, Holli Davis-McKay, Kaylee Glossop and Erica Williams who have donned the Mudcrabs guernsey so far this season.
The team lost its first game against Rockhampton Panthers but broke through for its first win in almost three years with a 6.3 (39) to 3.2 (20) triumph and round two.
The young Gladstone Mudcrabs then backed it up with an 8.5 (53) to 1.0 (6) win against Glenmore Bulls.
Footy takes a break this weekend before round four of the AFL Capricornia resumes on May 12.