Girls who’ve got game

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LOOK LOCAL -

LO­CAL foot­ballers can prove they be­long at the top level when the Fre­man­tle Dock­ers run a women’s tal­ent search on Satur­day.

Em­manuel Col­lege in Suc­cess will host the fourhour pro­gram of drills and ex­er­cises, de­signed to test foot­ball skills and all-round ath­leti­cism.

While se­cur­ing some of the state’s best footy tal­ent will be a pri­or­ity, the club has en­cour­aged ath­letes out­side of the state foot­ball sys­tem to have a crack.

The Dock­ers re­cently locked in Kiara Bow­ers and Kara Don­nel­lan as mar­quee play­ers and hope to build a side around their new stars.

Coach Michelle Cowan has made it clear she wants WA play­ers to make up the bulk of her fledg­ling list.

“I’m a pas­sion­ate West Aus­tralian and I want to see WA girls play­ing for WA teams,” she said.

“There’s a lot of depth here in WA and we’re look­ing for­ward to cast­ing the net far and wide, look­ing at the other sports and get­ting up far north in WA.

“It’s a re­ally big state and there’s a lot of tal­ent out there.

“We’re not too wor­ried about the tal­ent that has headed (east) be­cause we know the ac­tual depth here in WA is in­cred­i­ble and we’ll con­tinue to go to the next girl who is just as ex­cited.

Pic­ture: Darrian Traynor/Stringer

Polly Green and Zara Lil­burne at the launch of the AFL women’s league.

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