Benalla’s Joshua Jose and Tyreece Rhodes-Orton played key roles in Victoria Country’s win over Queensland at the AFL National Inclusion Carnival on the Gold Coast.
The weekend’s action in the play-off for third place was dominated by Victoria Country, who won 11.11(77) to Queensland’s 2.3(15).
Jose and Rhodes-Orton both kicked goals for the Victoria Country team.
Jose sealed the win, and third place finish, with a banana kick from the boundary line.
This year’s carnival was the first played outside of Victoria and the first to feature teams from all states and territories.
Conducted by the AFL and AFL Queensland, the carnival saw teams playing at various grounds on the Gold Coast over the course of five days as well as conducting clinics at special schools on the coast, along with education and development sessions.
AFL inclusion and all abilities manager Logan Whittaker said the carnival was also a chance for the players to learn more about the game they love.
‘‘The carnival isn’t just about playing football, it is also an opportunity to develop the skills and confidence of the players by having them conduct clinics at special schools and attend education sessions on skills, health, alcohol and illicit drugs,’’ Whittaker said.
Victoria Metro was the carnival winner with a dominant victory over NSW/ACT in the final, 9.7(61) to 1.2(8).
The carnival was well supported by the AFL, with Gold Coast Suns’ Gary Ablett, Rodney Eade, Richmond’s Bachar Houli and Brisbane Lions captain Dayne Beams attending and supporting the carnival, and spending time with the players.