Mackay Crows' Mackenzie Smyth (middle) helped off the field by her teammates after game two of the U17 Youth GIrls State Championships.
Mackay Crows' Mackenzie Smyth (middle) helped off the field by her teammates after game two of the U17 Youth GIrls State Championships. Jeff Neumann

Girls youth side to return home as champions

AUSSIE RULES: Mackay's under 17 youth girls team will return home as champions after a successful trip in Brisbane.

The Events by Romona Mackay Crows have secured the division three title at the Queensland Under 17 Youth Girls State Championships by winning all four of their games in impressive fashion.

Our Crows played a cross divisional final game against division two Capricornia side and secured a 14 point win.

"To go four from four is really rewarding for Mackay,” Crows coach Matt Bateman said.

"In our final game we made a great start again and secured a win over a division two team.”

Bateman was impressed by his sides growth and improvement during the championships.

"We spoke about the nerves for some first time players but those faded,” he said.

"The team really hit their fine form in the final game today.

"It was great to see them beat Capricornia as there is that rivalry there.

"The game was a step up in competition for them but they showed their grit in winning.”

Bateman said his side knew their clash against Capricornia would be a tough one.

"Capricornia are a division above us, they had a bad run losing all four games this year,” he said.

"However, we didn't take them lightly during the contest.

"We were tied at a goal a piece in the third quarter and we were able to edge them out in the fourth.”

Mackay Crows' Shenae Murphy was dominant during the game kicking four goals.

"She was impressive she plays for the Bakers Creek Tigers in Mackay,” Bateman said.

"Madison McDonald was also great for us in the mid-field and dominated throughout the clash.”

The Crows aren't returning home unscathed from the State titles.

"Mackenzie Smyth sustained an ankle injury in game two,” Bateman said.

"Also Chelsea Castle has a shoulder injury as a result of the tough games.”

Bateman hopes the teams success is the first step in strengthening the pathways for female players in the region.

"This is a great reward and is an exciting time for AFLQ Mackay moving forward,” he said.



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