Girls who can play, Crocs want you

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - AFL Shane Ni­chols

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

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