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