Women’s comp sees growth

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

The fast-grow­ing Pil­bara women’s foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion is set to take an­other step for­ward this year with plans for the es­tab­lish­ment of four teams in re­gional hubs play­ing games in a weekly fix­ture.

Re­gional women’s foot­ball will be run as a for­mal league this year, com­plete with a re­gional premier­ship tro­phy on the line, through the Pil­bara Re­gional Foot­ball De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee, which is sup­port­ing new or­gan­i­sa­tional com­mit­tees in Kar­ratha, Tom Price and Parabur­doo, Hed­land and New­man.

Mul­ti­ple women’s foot­ball teams have been formed in Tom Price and Parabur­doo and Kar­ratha in re­cent weeks and more are ex­pected to start in Hed­land and New­man this month.

WA Foot­ball Com­mis­sion Pil­bara re­gional de­vel­op­ment man­ager Vicki Agnew said while last year’s for­mat of women fre­quently play­ing the likes of Clon­tarf Academy and ju­nior boys would con­tinue, or­gan­is­ers wanted to get them play­ing against other women’s sides more reg­u­larly this year.

“Last year was just about get­ting in­ter­est out there. This year is about get­ting them play­ing,” she said.

“The idea for the year is for there to be small lo­cal com­pe­ti­tions in Tom Price, Kar­ratha, Hed­land and New­man. We’ll run nine-a-side, full rules games.

“The best case sce­nario, they will be train­ing and play­ing ev­ery week, as long as that works for the town.”

At this stage, or­gan­is­ers are plan­ning to run in­ter-town games ev­ery six weeks, along with at least four re­gional ex­hi­bi­tion matches and four car­ni­vals — which will be ro­tated around each town with a lo­cal com­pe­ti­tion.

Ms Agnew said a lot of peo­ple were en­thu­si­as­tic to de­velop the Pil­bara women’s com­pe­ti­tion, which would have the joint ben­e­fits of grow­ing the sport in gen­eral and give women more op­por­tu­ni­ties within it.

“It’s all al­low­ing women to par­tic­i­pate rather than sit­ting on the side­lines, and al­low­ing men to sup­port women play­ing,” she said.

“It’s bring­ing women into other roles at the club.”

The depth of fe­male foot­ball tal­ent in the re­gion was high­lighted ear­lier this year when a Pil­bara girls’ foot­ball team be­came the run­ners-up in the WA Kirby Bent­ley Medal car­ni­val for young in­dige­nous fe­male foot­ballers in Perth, be­com­ing the first coun­try team to make the grand fi­nal in its his­tory.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to get in­volved in the Pil­bara women’s foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion, con­tact Ms Agnew on vagnew@wafc.com.au.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Kar­ratha women's foot­ball play­ers at a reg­is­tra­tion and come-and-try day at Bayn­ton West Oval last week.

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