Parkview Public School showed its AFL future is bright with some extremely impressive performances at the recently hosted Tony Lockett Shield AFL Gala Day held at the Griffith Ex-Serviceman's Oval.
Parkview's boys team recorded their first wins for 5 years with some excellent team orientated football. The young team, featuring six Year 4 students gave there all for school, matching it with the much larger Griffith PS team for large portions of their opening round match before going down by 15 points. Josh Martin was impressive in the ruck early while Riley Bradshaw and Danny Bloomfield put scoreboard pressure on their opponents by kicking memorable goals. Despite the best defensive efforts of Jai Patten and Codey Browne, the size of the Griffith team proved too much in the end.
FINAL SCORES: Round 1 Parkview v Griffith PS
Parkview PS 0.2. 2.5.17
Griffith PS 1.7. 4.8.32
Goals: Riley Bradshaw, Danny Bloomfield
Best: Josh Martin, Riley Bradshaw, Tyler O'Connell, Benjamin Schmidt, Codey Browne, Jai Patten.
The second round match up featured a game against Narrandera PS. Kicking into a strong breeze, Parkview made a slow start and quickly found itself 16 points down against a determined opponent. Some brilliance by Lachlan Holden and Riley Bradshaw deep defence turned the game on its head late in the first half, with Parkview moving the ball the length of the field to score a goal against the run of play, before two further quick goals gave Parkview a narrow half time lead.
Kicking with the breeze in the second half, Parkview began to ascert some dominance over the game thanks to the midfield skill of Josh Martin in the ruck and on-ballers Benjamin Schmidt and Corey Axtill. Their work assisted Tyler O'Connell who was having the game of his life in the forward line, finishing off his team mates fine work to kick 5 goals!
A towering kick for goal from Josh Martin put the exclamation point on the win for Parkview who were 30 points in front when the final siren sounded.
FINAL SCORES: Round 2 Parkview v Narrandera PS
Parkview PS 3.0. 7.4.46
Narrandera PS 2.4. 2.4.16
Goals: Tyler O'Connell 5, Corey Axtill, Josh Martin
Best: Tyler O'Connell, Riley Bradshaw, Josh Martin, Corey Axtill, Benjamin Schmidt, Jaxon Ryan
After narrowly missing the semi finals, Parkview then played a classification game for 2nd place in their pool, and after the withdrawal of Leeton Small Schools, Parkview was again drawn to play Narrandera who had just suffered a narrow loss to Griffith PS.
There was no repeat of the slow start in their previous encounter with Narrandera as Parkview raced to a 27 point half time lead. Josh Martin was again dominant in the ruck while Christian MacGregor and Brandon Crowe were industrious at ground level. Jaxon Ryan and Blake Ryan combined on a number of occasions to set up attacking moves for Parkview, and this work was well finished off by Thomas Heins who kicked 2 goals.
The second half was more of the same, Benjamin Schmidt finishing his excellent day with a goal while Tyler O'Connell and Corey Axtill also got on the scoreboard for Parkview.
Classification Game 2nd v 3rd
Parkview PS 4.4. 7.5.47
Narrandera PS 0.1. 1.2.8
Goals: Thomas Heins 2, Josh Martin, Brandon Crowe, Riley Bradshaw, Tyler O'Connell, Benjamin Schmidt
Best: Josh Martin, Christian MacGregor, Corey Axtill, Brandon Crowe, Blake Ryan, Lachlan Holden, Benjamin Schmidt
Our Girls teams also acquitted themselves very well on the day in their 9 a side competition. Parkview entered two teams, a Year 6 team and a developmental Year 4/5 team.
Our older girls, the Parkview Penguins, were unluckily drawn in the pool of the eventual winners of the day and suffered a 44 point loss in their opening game (the closest by far any team got to the competition winners). Against stiff opposition Shakira O'Connell, Keely Bradshaw, Portia Marks and goal scorer Emily Wright were all impreesive.
The second match saw the Penguins bounce back with an impressive 18 point win over Narrandera PS. The win was set up by some excellent play at ground level by Brielle Johnson-Nolan, while Portia Marks kicked 3 goals and Zoe Locke was also impressive.
The final match was against Beelbangera PS, with the team requiring a percentage boosting win to be any chance of qualifying for the semi finals. The Penguins went all out in attack and used their developing confidence and skills to record a memorable 82 point victory. There were many multiple goal kickers for Parkview in the convincing win, with great play from Marni Elliott, Samara McMillan and Tateum Ingram a highlight.
The team narrowly missed the Semi Finals but can be justifiably proud of their performances.
Parkview Penguins 1.1.7
Griffith East PS Giants 7.9.51
Goals: Emily Wright
Best: Shakira O'Connell, Keely Bradshaw, Portia Marks
Parkview Penguins 5.2.32
Narrandera PS 2.2.14
Goals: Portia Marks 3, Keely Bradshaw, Brielle Johnson-Nolan
Best: Brielle Johnson-Nolan, Shakira O'Connell, Zoe Locke, Keely Bradshaw
Parkview Penguins 13.5.83
Beelbangera PS Bats 0.1.1
Goals: Portia Marks 3, Brielle Johnson-Nolan 2, Zoe Locke 2, Keely Bradshaw 2, Emily Wright, Shakira O'Connell, Samara McMillan, Marni Elliott, Tateum Ingram
Best: Portia Marks, Emily Wright, Shakira O'Connell, Marni Elliott
The Parkview Pirates also had a great day as they develop their skills in AFL. The team came up against Griffith East PS Goats in the opening game and despite suffering a 29 point loss, played some excellent football. Captain Madison Bischard kicked the teams only goal while Madeline Irvin and Makayla Connell played well for the Pirates.
The second match was considerably tougher against the Beelbangera Bears, with the Pirates being held scoreless in a 34 point loss. Despite the margin, the girls never stopped trying, with Madison Bischard again leading the way. Dakota Boardman and Molly Gilmour also played some tremendous football in the match.
The final game was against a talented Yenda PS outfit. The team trailed by 40 points at half time but really got into the game in the second half to restrict the final margin to 52 points. Tatum Marks was tenacious in defence while Madeline Irvin, Molly Gilmour, Emily Jennings and Dakota Boardman all impressed.
Parkview Pirates 1.3.9
Griffith East PS Goats 6.2.38
Goals: Madison Bischard
Best: Madison Bischard, Makayla Connell, Madeline Irvin
Parkview Pirates 0.0.0
Beelbangera PS Bears 5.4 34
Best: Madison Bischard, Dakota Boardman, Molly Gilmour, Emily Jennings
Parkview Pirates 0.1.1
Yenda PS 8.5.53
Best: Madison Bischard, Molly Gilmour, Madeline Irvin, Dakota Boardman, Tatum Marks