Parkview's representative AFL team have done our community proud at the Tony Lockett Shield AFL Gala Day hosted at the Griffith Ex-Serviceman's Oval on Friday.
Our boys team qualified for the finals of the competition (equivalent to the Riverina Quarter Finals) for the first time since the year 2000 after playing some inspired, team orientated football throughout the day. Parkview first came up against a spirited Narrandera outfit who were held at bay by some excellent defence from Blake Ryan, Brandon Crowe and Ben Schmidt. Their work was converted further up the field with some excellent goal kicking from Riley Bradshaw, Jaxon Ryan and Jesse Watson who proved deadly accurate in front of goals. The final result was an impressive 66 point victory.
The second round opponent was two times state finalists Beelbangera, and the challenge was clearly one our boys were up for. A tight arm wrestle between both teams saw Parkview score two late first half goals to head to half time with a 14 point advantage. Despite kicking into a freshening breeze in the second half, brilliant centre clearance work from Riley Bradshaw, Cody Browne and James Rourke gave Parkview first use of the ball, and this, coupled with accountable defence from Thomas Heins and Tyler O'Connell as well as intelligent forward work from Jaxon Ryan, enabled Parkview to extend their lead and run out relatively comfortable 37 point winners.
Parkview's performances ensured a berth in the Grand Final against the highly credentialed Hanwood PS. A brilliant game of football ensued, with Parkview kicking the opening two goals of the game through Riley Bradshaw only to see Hanwood reply with two late goals right on half time to take a slim 2 point lead to the break. The second half produced some thrilling football. Hanwood goaled first to extend their lead to 8 points before Parkview rallied on the back of brilliant play from the backline and midfield. A goal to Jackson Ryan and a third major to Riley Bradshaw had Parkview back in front with just 3.30 on the clock, but in a frantic finale Hanwood managed to kick two late goals and were crowned worthy MIA AFL Champions for 2016.
All Parkview players represented their school with distinction and can be justifiably proud of their achievements.