AFL and Soccer State Championships – Congratulations Stephanie!

Well done to Year 10 student Stephanie Kallas who travelled to Cairns to participate in the Queensland State AFL Championships from 8-10 May. Please see below for her reflection of this great experience.

“Last week, I was lucky enough to attend the AFL Queensland State Championships. We departed from Brisbane airport to Cairns. As soon as I stepped out of the plane, I was welcomed with the humid air. The next day, we headed off to the AFL fields for the opening ceremony to officially start the carnival. Our first game was at 1.30 pm against Met East. As much as I has been preparing for the game, I was surprised by how tough it was out on the field. After four quarters, we ended up with a comfortable win which was a good way to start the carnival. After the game, I headed back to my hotel to have an ice bath and start recovery. The day after followed the same schedule, but this time we won 110-3. Since we had won both games in our pool, we succeeded to semi-finals against Met West. The game against West was hardest game of AFL I have ever played. Towards the end of the fourth quarter, I got into a bad tackle and was concussed without knowing it. I continued to play but I was escorted off the field shortly after. We ended up winning the semis which meant we were in the grand finals. I was surprised that after the game, I had received Player of the Match. On the last day, we played the Sunshine Coast team. We played a long hard game however ended up losing. Honestly, I didn’t really mind, I had a good couple of days playing with my new teammates and getting to know people from all over the region. It was an amazing experience that I will long remember.”

Stephanie further demonstrated her exceptional sporting ability by travelling to Brisbane from 6-7 June to play in the Queensland State Soccer Championships. The South Coast team in which Stephanie played went through the competition undefeated and won the Championship. Additionally, Stephanie was selected for the State Team and will travel to Sydney to compete in the National Competition towards the end of July.

Stephanie has balanced these sporting achievements, while also remaining dedicated to her studies. This is the “QA Way”. The whole of QAHS congratulates Stephanie on her outstanding achievements and wishes her the best for the upcoming National Soccer Competition.

Mr Dean Ryschka
Sport Coordinator