Girls do us proud in first sea­son

King reigns with best and fairest win

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - SPORT - WADE GLEESON — WADE GLEESON Best:

THE New Nor­folk Un­der 17 girls’ foot­ball team have had a spec­tac­u­lar first sea­son.

From start­ing out with just seven play­ers at their first train­ing run to a side of 31, this fan­tas­tic group of girls are the first fe­male team fielded by the New Nor­folk Junior Foot­ball Club.

Coached by for­mer Ea­gles se­nior player Dean King, the team have trained very hard over the course of the sea­son and im­proved out of sight.

They played 12 ros­ter matches in the South­ern Tas­ma­nian Junior Foot­ball League Girls Youth com­pe­ti­tion for seven wins, fin­ish­ing a very cred­itable third on the lad­der.

They then de­feated Lind­is­farne in the first semi-fi­nal and then on Sun­day, went down to Clare­mont by just 12 points in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal.

This group of girls have cer­tainly shown what can be achieved given the op­por­tu­nity.

Speak­ing to Dean King af­ter the match at the TCA Ground on Sun­day, the coach — whose motto was to al­ways have fun — was all praise for his team. PERRI King may be just 14 years old, but that hasn’t stopped the up and com­ing foot­baller from tak­ing out the South­ern Tas­ma­nian Junior Foot­ball League Un­der 17 Girls’ Best and Fairest Award on Fri­day night.

King, who plays with the New Nor­folk Junior Foot­ball Club’s Un­der 17 team, took out the award with 22 votes, five clear of her near­est op­po­nent — and with Perri cel­e­brat­ing her birth­day that day, it was not a bad present to say the least!

To play in an un­der 17 team at age 14 is one thing, but to take out the as­so­ci­a­tion best and fairest is an­other — and the ac­co­lades don’t stop there.

Perri is the brain­child be­hind the girls’ foot­ball

“For what these girls have done in their very first sea­son is just fan­tas­tic,” King said.

“All the par­ents and I are so very proud of the girls — it’s been just fan­tas­tic to be their team be­com­ing a re­al­ity.

Af­ter a num­ber of chats with her school bus driver, NNJFC coach and long-time ad­min­is­tra­tor David Banks about want­ing to play foot­ball, Perri’s love for the game got off the ground and she hasn’t looked back.

David sug­gested to Perri that her fa­ther could be coach. So she marched home and in­sisted her dad, Dean King be the coach — and that’s what hap­pened!

With a full list of en­thu­si­as­tic girls and a band of helpers, the NNJFC soon had its first girls’ team.

Con­grat­u­la­tions Perri on your best and fairest award. Your will to achieve is just fan­tas­tic and you have proven dreams do come true. coach and I would like to do it all again next sea­son”.

There has been a very pos­i­tive at­mos­phere around this group all sea­son, in par­tic­u­lar the last few weeks.

The team was very well or­gan­ised by a great group of peo­ple and a big thank you must go to the fol­low­ing peo­ple that helped out on a reg­u­lar ba­sis dur­ing the sea­son: coach Dean King, team man­ager Kath­leen Trif­fett, as­sis­tant coach and run­ner Adrian Shaw, time­keeper Bren­dan Skelly, and goal um­pire David Bar­tels.

Spe­cial thanks also to Al­li­son Rain­bird, Michelle Oates, Meg Ward, Ross Trif­fett and all par­ents.

Well done to all in­volved — to see women’s footy kick off in the Der­went Val­ley for the first time was very sat­is­fy­ing.

From lit­tle things, big things grow and with the AFL Women’s League go­ing from strength to strength, the sky is the limit for the girls.

The New Nor­folk Junior Foot­ball Club’s best and fairest count and tro­phy pre­sen­ta­tions will be held at the New Nor­folk District Foot­ball Club rooms on Septem­ber 8 from 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

Counts will be held for the Un­der 12 and Un­der 14s boys and Un­der 17 girls. There will be a disco af­ter the count and sup­per will be pro­vided. There’s a $5 cover charge for adults. Pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal re­sults —

Mad­die Shaw 4, Danika Trif­fett 1, Tayh­lar Tan­gata 1.

Madi­son Shaw, Bri­anna Oates, Char­lie Lovell, So­phie Far­row, Tayh­lar Tan­gata, Perri King.

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