Interest grows in women’s game
HARVEY-Brunswick-Leschenault women’s coach Laura Relph says the team had more players than ever despite losing 10 players from last season.
“We’ve lost 10, but we’ve gained 21, so now we have close to 30 players on the team,” Relph said.
Among the newcomers are five girls from the juniors and four players who have moved to the sport from rugby.
In a bid to create team cohesion and get a feel for player potential, Relph had a back-to-basics approach during pre-season training, which included two specialist-led training sessions on safe tackling techniques and passing.
“Our aim so far has been to just really build on skills, fitness and cohesion,” she said.
“So far training has been positive, with veteran players already mentoring the newcomers.”
Relph said two players to look out for were last year’s ruck Brittany Gliddon, for her strength and versatility who “can play any position we put her in,” and Andrea Shirripa, who won best on ground at a recent round robin game.
“Shirripa has improved 10-fold since last year,” Relph said. “Her heart is really in it.” Relph said the group of mothers, students and women from other sporting back- grounds had created a great mix.
“The team is a nice blend and they really work well together,” she said.
Relph said the team would be concentrating on what happened on the field on the day.
“We will play our best every week and hopefully improve every week.”
Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault's Brittany Gliddon gets a kick away under pressure last season.
Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault's Brianna Whyte fires out a handball during the 2017 pre-season carnival.