AS the AFL women’s competition gathers steam, hills football clubs are calling on young female players to join the upcoming youth girls’ competition.
Hills Rangers female football coordinator Tarryn Cuthbert said the AFL in conjunction with the West Australian Football Commission had rolled out junior and youth female-only teams as part of a development pathway to the national women’s league.
“Hills Rangers and Parkerville Junior Football Clubs were successful in their bid to gain one of the first female junior and youth football licences for WA,” she said.
“These six licenced teams for each age bracket will battle it out in the Central Districts competition.
“The Hills Rangers will have a female youth team for Year 7s to 9s, while the Hills Demons will field a girl’s team for Year 4s to Year 6s.
“These new teams will cater for females from all hills clubs ranging from Chidlow, Mt Helena, Gidgegannup, Parkerville, Mundaring and Darlington.”
Swan Districts Football Club coaching and female pathways development director Nicole Graves said the club was committed to supporting pathways for both boys and girls football in the region.
“Our club’s women’s and youth girl’s teams look forward to supporting the Swan Districts and their junior and youth clubs to ensure our region continues to deliver the best female football pathways for WA,” she said.
Ms Cuthbert said girls could try their hand at football at a lightning carnival at Scott Reserve in High Wycombe on February 22.
“The Fremantle Dockers and clubs affiliated with the West Australian Women’s Football League, which includes Swan Districts, in conjunction with WAFC development staff will be holding a Come ‘n’ Try Lightning Carnival,” she said.
“It is an opportunity to give potential female players a go at skill based activities, small-sided games and the opportunity to meet with AFLWL and WAWFL players,” she said.
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By Sarah Brookes