Girls who can play, Crocs want you
THE Port Douglas Crocs football club is keen to build a component of the club to compete in the female league in Cairns.
It comes on the heels of the spectacular success of the W-AFL competition which kicked off in Victoria two weeks ao.
“I’ve been looking at it for the past couple of years but haven’t been able to generate enough interest,” said Crocs Juniors president Trevor Mandersloot. “But now it’s been on TV it’s time to strike while the iron’s hot.”
Mandersloot said there were four or five female teams in Cairns.
“It’s going crazy in Cairns – there’s that many girls who want to play, it’s ridiculous.”
He said there had been growing interest among local women.
“Out of the sports expo recently I learned from a sport teacher that there were around 20 girls at the high school who were interested in AFL.
“So I got onto the league and asked them to get along there and do some promoting.
“If all we get this year were them then that’s a start and we can build from that.
“And I’ve had a bit of interest from women as well.”
The Crocs will find out more at the club’s sign-on day on Sunday (February 19, 10 am - 2pm, at the Port Douglas sports complex). A CAFL representative will be on hand especially to answer questions about the women’s league.
At the moment in Douglas Shire, girls have to cease playing in mixed teams after the age of 13.
Mandersloot thinks female teams would add up to a strong competition. “And they will definitely get home games,” he said.
All games will be on Wednesdays (because many females play netball on Friday night).
At the moment the shire’s noted female AFL player is high schooler Tiarn Muia, who played with Cairns Centrals last year.
Her two older brothers played for Port – one still does – and she’s desperate to play for Port, Mandersloot said.
“She’s canvassing support in the high school. She’s a good player.”
Former Mossman girl Tiarna Ernst is now in the ruck for the new Western Bulldogs women’s team
Tiarn Muia of Mossman