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SSA Australian Football Champs


There is only one month to go until the best up and coming Aussie Rules players from all around Australia gather for the School Sport Australia (SSA) Combined Australian Football National Championship 2016 to be held at the Maroochydore Multi-Sport Complex on the Sunshine Coast from July 23 – 30.

All eight state and territories will compete for the National School Sport title in the 15yrs Boys and 12yrs Boys divisions, while six state teams will battle it out for the 15yrs Girls division trophy (including two state teams selected from the Queensland School Sport State Championship recently held in Mackay).

Queensland School Sport is proud to be hosting this year’s SSA Combined Australian Football Championship which will be the last of its kind.  As of next year, the national championship will no longer be a combined event with the 12yrs division and the 15yrs divisions going to separate state hosts. So in its last year as a combined championship, Queensland School Sport has been working closely with the AFL, AFL Queensland, AFL Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Regional Council, and the Maroochydore Junior and Senior Football clubs to ensure that this event will be one to remember.

The opening ceremony for the event will be held at the Maroochydore Multi Sports Complex, 108 Fishermans Rd, Maroochydore at 8am on Sunday 23rd July.  Queensland as the home state will then contest the first games in all divisions.  Games are then scheduled to continue throughout the day on Sunday & Monday.  The students will all be off to Australia Zoo for an excursion & some team building activities on Tuesday 26th  Games will then resume on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th  with finals due to be played on Saturday 30th July prior to closing presentations at approximately 2:15pm.

School Sport events such as this are an integral part of the education of these students contributing to their physical, emotional, social & intellectual development within the context of elite sport at their respective age groups.  They are also highly valued by the AFL as part of the development pathway for both players and student umpires alike.

If anyone is on the Sunshine Coast over the course of the week, feel free to drop in to see some fantastic Aussie Rules being played by some very talented students.