- Feb 17, 2013
- AFL Club
- Gold Coast
Lions 150 - Tigers 69Sunraysia who won the PBC v Labrador game and any comments please
I watched the last 5mins certainly was very uneasy to watch.
Fair to say schools which take basketball seriously could be a good resource for us to find talent that could make the switch to footy ala Kurt Tippett.HE’S transformed Hillcrest into an AFLQ Schools Cup contender and Matthew Lappin hopes to help increase the number of former AFL players coaching Gold Coast juniors.
Lappin heads the AFL program at Hillcrest Christian College that will feature in the primary female division state finals, to be held at Maroochydore on October 18.
It’s one of four teams left in the division while the school also showed development in the senior and primary boys divisions in Lappin’s first year in the role.
“We have only got two girls in our team who play club footy so I’ve had to grab girls out of our basketball program and soccer players,” Lappin, who played 251 AFL games at Carlton and St Kilda, said.
“They have committed really hard to training and went undefeated this year. There is a bit of a buzz around the school.
“Our boys in the junior school and senior school I have had heaps of growth and development this year which is been awesome.”
Lappin has four of his own children in the school including Tilley, 13, Sunny, 11, who is in the primary female team, daughter Stevie, 9, and his son Harley, 4.
Employing former AFL players to coach students is common in Victoria and Lappin said it was a ploy Queensland schools should adopt more in order to continue improving the development opportunities of young players.
“It’s been really innovative by the school to get this going,” Lappin said.
“It happens a bit in Victoria with ex-AFL players and coaches implementing their football programs.”
Hillcrest has a booming basketball excellence program and Lappin said it provided the perfect crossover sport to Australian rules.