TWO Rockingham teens will travel to Adelaide this month after being hand-picked to represent the WA state teams in the School Sport Australia AFL 15’s championship.
Darcy Clements (15) and Brodie Hayes (15) will compete in the competition from July 21 to July 29.
Safety Bay Senior High school student Clements is one of 24 girls chosen for the 15 Years and Under girls team, out of 200 applicants during three months of trials.
“I’m very excited about this year’s competition. I believe we have a strong team and hopefully we will really be competitive and get to the grand final,” she said,
The Waikiki resident said she started playing AFL in Year 4 with the boys at Safety Bay Stingers.
“I swapped to an all-girls team in Year 8 with Kwinana Knights and then in 2017 joined the South Fremantle Football Club youth girls,” she said.
Comet Bay College student Hayes will umpire both the boys and girls state team’s rather than play – a feat he’s no stranger to.
“I umpired the 15’s girls national carnival in 2017 when it was in Perth, and I will be umpiring both boys and girls games in Adelaide,” he said.
The Singleton resident said he was the only person chosen to umpire the WA state teams this year.
Hayes said he hopes to pursue umpiring professionally in the future.