GUILFORD Young College’s current boys AFL team battled hard in an AFL Spectacular match against past students at Kingston’s Twin Ovals in August.
The past students took out the title of the first GYC AFL Spectacular, winning 9:9(63) to 8:8(56).
GYC Hobart Campus director of organisation Blair Brownless organised the event, intending to reconnect the Guilford Young community by bringing together past and present students.
Mr Brownless said that after being contacted by the school, more than 30 former students from 2016 and 2017 participated as players or assistants in the game.
Teachers Brendan Kull and Roman Jacobs also played in the match, which was umpired by Mr Brownless.
Director of College Sport Zain Wright said the game was played with good competitive spirit.
“There was plenty of competition and good banter during the game,” he said.
“The game was very close until half time, and then during the third quarter, the past students pulled ahead, kicking five goals.
“The current students fought back hard in the final quarter but were unable to get ahead.”
AFL is a very popular sport among Guilford Young College students, being reintroduced as a sport for boys in 2016.
Due to student’s club roster crossovers, many players for the college were unable to commit to involvement in the SATIS AFL competition this year.
A number of boys on the college team are firing in their own Tasmanian AFL clubs at both local and state levels.
Two of the boys, Fraser Turner and Lachlan Gadomski, are in contention for the 2018 and 2019 AFL draft.
The GYC girls AFL team played in this year’s Southern SATIS competition, finishing second.
Mr Wright said the college looked forward to introducing a girls AFL Spectacular in the coming years and hoped to continue on with the boys AFL Spectacular next year.
Caption: Former student Elijah Reardon played in the AFL Spectacular. He is pictured here taking a mark in the GYC vs The Hutchins School match last year.