FOOTBALL-loving girls from St Kilian's Primary have demolished their opposition to take out the School Sport Victoria state championship.
The team of stars from grades four to six held Geelong Christian College scoreless in the grand final at Roxburgh Park last Thursday, booting 9.15 to record a 69-point victory.
Proud principal Paul Wilkinson said the girls conceded just one goal during their entire campaign, which included Bendigo district and Loddon Mallee region carnivals.
Their closest game was the semi-final against St Simon's of Rowville, when they scored two behinds to zero.
"That was a real nail-biter, with the ball going up and down the ground, and it was in St Simon's forward line at the final siren," Mr Wilkinson said.
He said the whole school followed their efforts, with scores from the final two games broadcast over the PA system as they were texted or tweeted through by parents and supporters.
Mr Wilkinson said the girls were a talented group who excelled in a range of sports and displayed great sportsmanship throughout.
He paid tribute to teacher Tim Davis, who coached the team and held training sessions at lunch times, helped by some grade six boys.
He said Mr Davis' enthusiasm and initiative had encouraged girls across the school to get active, play sport and have fun.
"At the end of the day, their participation and the relationships they've developed are even more important than any trophies received."
Players in the victorious team were: Grace Barton, Daisy Cornwall, Shannon Daly, Arkie Donnelly, Georgia Irwin, Darcey Lloyd, Holly Lockhart, Hannah Maher, Lily McMahon, Ruby McMahon, Aliya Noonan, Mackenzie Porter, Sahara Rodda, Sequoia Rodda, Matisse Rooke, Sophie Stevens and Meg Wirges.