Hopes high for fe­male league

Albany Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Gareth Thomas

A women’s Great South­ern foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion in 2018 may be a step closer, with play­ers in Al­bany hon­ing their skills with some ex­pert coaches over the past month.

Mon­day nights at North Al­bany Foot­ball Club this month have been awash with about 40 as­pir­ing women foot­ballers as fe­male par­tic­i­pa­tion in the game con­tin- ues to grow. WA Foot­ball Com­mis­sion fe­male foot­ball co-or­di­na­tor Shel­ley McLennan said af­ter the last academy ses­sion next Mon­day, a few matches would be held with the hope of an ex­hibi-tion match dur­ing a round of the GSFL.

“The idea is this will pro­mote girls’ foot­ball, so even­tu­ally next year we would like to have a GSFLW, sim­i­lar to the AFLW that has run this year,” she said.

“Ef­fec­tively, when the AFLW runs again next year, we would like to have a sim­i­lar com­pe­ti­tion in Al­bany aligned with the GSFL teams.”

Ms McLennan said if the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants al­lowed, or­gan­is­ers would like to have four teams, each aligned with the cur­rent Al­bany-based GSFL teams.

“We have enough girls for around three teams, so the idea is this year we will keep pro­mot­ing and gather more in­ter­est,” she said.

The academy is free of charge and open to women in high school or older and of all skill lev­els. For more in­for­ma­tion and to reg­is­ter, look for GreatSouth­ern YouthGirls on Face­book.

Picture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Skye Cor­don, 12, and Tully Lane, 17, with co-or­di­na­tor Shel­ley McLennan, centre.

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