An­gels tackle train­ing

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

PERTH An­gels Foot­ball Club tack­led an in­tense train­ing ses­sion at the MMA 24/7 gym in Bel­mont.

In the first of a se­ries of planned train­ing ses­sions, the An­gels were shown tack­ling tech­niques to help im­prove their per­for­mance on the field.

Twenty-one-year-old Caitlin Tilsed has been with the club since it be­gan seven years ago.

The Carlisle res­i­dent said many new girls on the team were ner­vous about tack­ling.

“The wrestling ses­sion helped them learn the weight of an im­pact and to not be afraid of tack­ling,” she said.

She said peo­ple used to see­ing men’s AFL games were sur­prised by how rough the women’s teams played.

“I think it’s rougher; as girls we go all in with no re­gard to any­thing but get­ting that ball.”

Tilsed said the WA Women’s Foot­ball League had grown since the sport turned pro­fes­sional.

“What I’d love to see is more am­a­teur clubs feed­ing into WAFL and then on to AFL so women can play both at am­a­teur and pro­fes­sional lev­els,” she said.

Tilsed bal­ances study­ing a PhD in biomed­i­cal re­search at UWA with two train­ing ses­sions a week and the week­end game, plus gym ses­sions.

“It’s been tough to bal­ance ev­ery­thing, es­pe­cially year,” she said.

She played net­ball un­til turn­ing 15, de­cid­ing if her brother could play AFL then so could she.

Her dad found her a lo­cal club and the pair bonded over their love of foot­ball.

“He comes to every game I play and is al­ways giv­ing me hints and tips,” she said.

Tilsed said in her gen­er­a­tion, girls would reach 13 and be told they had to leave their clubs be­cause there was noth­ing for them and they could not play with the boys.

“In 10 years time I hope we have girls start­ing at three to four years and go­ing all the way to the draft,” she said. this

Perth An­gels Foot­ball Club mem­bers with coaches from MMA 24/7.

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