Girls AFL at Nossal
On 2 May 2023, a group of us gathered around the Nossal Oval, buzzing with excitement and anticipation as we were about to play a round of Senior Girls AFL against Berwick College. We were fortunate enough to be able to play on our home ground, and were also given extra support from our peers, who cheered us on from the sidelines, which helped to boost overall morale.
Having trained really hard for the past few weeks, under the excellent coaching of Mr. Jose and management of Ms. Ball, we were ready to go in with our head held high and play our best. And we did exactly that. We played the best we ever had, the best Nossal ever had, if I might say so myself. And impressive 26-point game, with 1 goal (6 points) in each quarter, setting new records and breaking previously achieved ones. As per tradition, we started off our game with a ‘Nossal on 3’, which helped calm our nerves a little before all the body slamming and tackling began.
We were grateful to have been blessed with excellent weather while playing, with the wind in our favour, and it being not too cold and not too hot, the rain holding up till we finished the game, satisfied but tired. Aside from a good game played, sportsmanship was also on display, with one of our very own Nossalonions helping the opponent when her shoe came undone.
Overall, it was a well-played game, with no noses broken (which is always a good sign), and minimal injury, and maximal enjoyment.
Bernice Choo – Year 12
On Monday 8 May, the Nossal senior and intermediate girls’ netball teams travelled together to Casey Stadium for a round robin tournament. It was a cold and rainy day, so we were definitely glad we were playing inside!
Despite an ankle injury leading up to the tournament, and last-minute team changes on the day, each of the intermediate teams played at least three games of netball; in each game demonstrating great teamwork and sportsmanship out on the court. It was great to see everyone cheering each other on and congratulating one another whenever someone did something well.
By the end of the day, each of the intermediate teams had managed to win at least one game - with team 1 winning two of their five games, and team 2 winning one of three. Even though we didn’t make it through to the next round, everyone tried their best and played really well.
A big thank you to our wonderful coaches Mr Sacco and Ms Coffa, as well as Avneet, who helped coach the intermediates and supported us on the day.
Hilary Green - Year 9