Port’s female players want lots more to join
THE Port Douglas Crocs are calling on women to strap on their footy boots and have a kick every Wednesday for training, in hopes the local club can one day starting a women’s AFL team.
“At the moment it’s just turning up to training, a bit of fitness and fun, learning new skills and then we’ll see what happens next year,” said juniors president, Trevor Mandersloot.
“You’re learning core motor skills, catching, kicking, having fun.
“There’s no commitments, we don’t expect anybody to sign on for any amount of time, just come along and try it out,” he said.
Interest in women’s footy has grown following the tremendous success of the inaugural AFLW season, which saw 15000 supporters in attendance at the grand final on the Gold Coast.
“We’re getting more and more come through (junior girls), after the AFL Women’s games this year..it’s been a real big help,” said Mandersloot.
He encourages women from any sporting background to give it a go.
The girls down at the Croc Pit said they decided to play just to experience something different.
Katie Barnett said she really wants to see more girls getting involved and giving AFL a go.
“We’re all here to have fun, have a laugh, nothing’s too serious . . . you’re not going to be thrown into any high impact straight away it really is just about improving fitness and skills at the moment so everyone should come and have ago,” Katie said.
Over 10 years ago the Crocs had a female team who were really good but slowly the interest died off, however Mandersloot hopes to revive it.
AFL Queensland hope to have 65 women’s teams by 2018 across the State, 75 female coaches by 2018 and then 140 youth girls and junior teams.
The AFL Women’s season in Cairns has already kicked off but there’s no side representing the mighty Port Douglas Crocs.
Crocs Women will have a joint training run with Centrals Trinity Beach Women’s team on June 28 at 5:30pm for a 6pm start at the Croc Pit with a free dinner afterwards.
Women who want to get invovled are welcome to come along to training every Wednesday at 5:30pm at Port Douglas Sporting Complex, for more information contact Trevor Mandersloot on 0437290507 or email@example.com.
Katie Barnett, Shanti Wren and Kristie Freyling all keen for a kick