Women’s footy kicking goals
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.