Victoria’s best U15 multicultural female footballers have been crowned national champions, following a 30-point victory over Western Australia in the 2017 AFL Female Diversity Championships Grand Final on Friday.
Finishing second on the ladder after securing four wins in the six-round qualifying series, Victoria set up a tantalizing grand final showdown against ladder leaders Western Australia at Cavanbah Sports Centre in Byron Bay.
Claiming a 19-point win over the competition’s top team in the qualifying series, Victoria went into the decider with confidence, taking control of the ball early.
Ballarat’s Nyakoat Doijoit’s ability to win the contest was crucial in the opening half, pushing the ball forward to provide teammates Melanie Hope and Tarrah Delgado with multiple scoring options.
Despite hitting the scoreboard early, Victoria’s inaccuracy in front of goal kept Western Australia in the contest, with just 23-points separating the pair at half-time.
Suffering its only loss of the competition at the hands of Victoria, Western Australia was determined to make amends in the second half, scoring two quick goals to bring the margin back.
Yet the defensive pressure from Box Hill’s Amanda Ling and Chanddra Abrahams was too great for the girls from the west to overcome. Victoria cruising home to a 5.14 (44) to 2.2. (14) victory.