Pippa finds own field of dreams

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By BELINDA CIPRIANO

A DREAM to play Aussie Rules led Pippa Ste­wart to field a team of young girls as part of the Clare­mont Girls Ju­nior Foot­ball Club. The 11-year-old started play­ing when she was four and played in pre-pri­mary be­fore start­ing with the AFL Aus­kick pro­gram. Mum Fiona said af­ter her stint with the Aus­kick pro­gram Pippa had no other foot­ball path­way, so she begged her dad and the club to start an all girls team in or­der to con­tinue play­ing. “There was a pos­si­bil­ity to join the Clare­mont District Girls com­pe­ti­tion with six other teams in the district but she had to find the girls in our lo­cal area first,” Fiona said.

“She worked hard at re­cruit­ing enough girls through Jan­uary to March to get enough girls to form a team and join up to the com­pe­ti­tion.”

Pippa, who lists her beloved Fre­man­tle Foot­ball Club’s star Nat Fyfe as the best player in the com­pe­ti­tion, said she feared she would be kicked out of the sport if had she not re­cruited a team.

“Last foot­ball sea­son I was wor­ried I would be kicked out be­cause af­ter Year 7, girls can’t play in the boys’ com­pe­ti­tion, so I thought if I had a girl’s team up and run­ning I could keep play­ing for as long as I liked,” she said.

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Pippa Ste­wart needed to re­cruit her own girls’ footy team in or­der to keep play­ing.

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