Girls do us proud in first season
King reigns with best and fairest win
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.