Women’s footy kick­ing goals

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY SEA EAGLES READY FOR 2015 -

IT’S been a me­te­oric rise for women’s footy in Mackay, and it’s only go­ing to keep grow­ing.

Last year four teams com­peted in the re­gion’s only women’s AFL com­pe­ti­tion, but 2015 is set to host five out­fits.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the women will con­test the an­nual pre­sea­son com­pe­ti­tion hosted by the Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles this week­end for the first time.

“We’re ex­cited. Hope­fully next year we will have six or seven teams... we’re hop­ing to get ev­ery club to have a sup­port­ing women’s team,” Mackay Women’s AFL co-or­di­na­tor Naomi John­ston said.

“We didn’t ex­pect it to ex­plode as much as it did. At the start of the year we only had 20 girls. To go to four teams then five was awe­some and I can only see it get­ting big­ger and bet­ter.”

Last year each team aimed for 14 play­ers a side, but the league is push­ing for the regular 22 mov­ing for­ward.

The girls also formed a rep­re­sen­ta­tive team, and this year they are set for games against Rock­hamp­ton and Townsville.

How­ever the ad­di­tion of Bak­ers Creek to the com­pe­ti­tion in ad­di­tion to the re­turn­ing four clubs (North­ern Beaches Mag­pies, Eastern Swans, North Mackay Saints and Mo­ran­bah) means se­lec­tion will be a tougher task this time around.

An­other part of ex­pand­ing the women’s game will be to in­volve a Whit­sun­day team, and that process starts on Satur­day where the girls hope to cre­ate in­ter­est with their matches at the Whit­sun­day Sportspark.

PHYS­I­CAL: Al­isha Mat­sen and Ad­rina Smith con­test the ball last sea­son. Five women's teams will be in ac­tion this week­end at the Whit­sun­day Sportspark.

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