New goal

Women’s foot­ball set for first sea­son

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Perera

Pil­bara women’s foot­ball or­gan­is­ers are gear­ing up for their first full sea­son this year.

In Novem­ber, a small group of lo­cals re­cruited for a round robin Pil­bara fe­male foot­ball car­ni­val, and this year there are plans for an es­tab­lished Pil­bara women’s foot­ball league with the in­volve­ment of the WA Foot­ball Com­mis­sion.

Last year’s car­ni­val or­gan­iser Keryn Eck­er­s­ley said the in­au­gu­ral Pil­bara fe­male foot­ball sea­son would of­fer play­ers more struc­ture.

“Last year, we had the peo­ple, but we didn’t have any­thing to of­fer,” she said.

“This year, we’ve got some­thing to of­fer and now we’re just try­ing to get the peo­ple.

“The week we cre­ated the (Face­book) page, we got over 100 peo­ple in a week, so the in­ter­est is here.

“It’s just a mat­ter of cre­at­ing some­thing that they are will­ing to come for.”

The Pil­bara teams are sched­uled to play a Mother’s Day Car­ni­val and the Kar­ratha team may play the cur­tain­raiser for the NPFL v Broome In­ter­league game. Ms Eck­er­s­ley said Kar­ratha se­nior and ju­nior fe­male foot­ball teams were glad to take on a mix of new and ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers and were all about “fun, fit­ness and friend­ship”.

“At the car­ni­val last year, hav­ing that range on the field — AFL play­ers, WAFL play­ers, school-level play­ers, peo­ple that have never touched a ball in their life — was awe­some be­cause we all learnt some­thing from each other,” she said.

Teams are now re­cruit­ing for the 2016 sea­son.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to join a team, con­tact WAFC Pil­bara re­gional de­vel­op­ment man­ager Vicki Agnew at

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

Mem­bers of the Kar­ratha fe­male foot­ball club kicked off what will be their first full sea­son with a reg­is­tra­tion day last Satur­day.

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