Beau­ti­ful game needs women

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NICKI DAVID­SON

Ladies, if you have ever con­tem­plated play­ing the beau­ti­ful game now is the time to sign up.

Train­ing for the 2011 sea­son be­gins on Fe­bru­ary 23 and Mata­mata Swifts AFC women’s foot­ball co-or­di­na­tor Natalie Gaskell said play­ers aged 14 and over of any abil­ity were wel­come to come along.

‘‘ We are look­ing for new play­ers in any po­si­tion with a pas­sion for foot­ball, as we’ve had a few leave to go to univer­sity, have ba­bies and travel,’’ she said.

‘‘Train­ing for the Chal­lenge Mata­mata ladies is on a Wed­nes­day at the Mata­mata Do­main from 6.30pm un­til 8pm and ab­so­lute are wel­come too.’’

The foot­ball sea­son starts on April 1, run­ning through un­til the start of Septem­ber and the team plays one home or away game each Sun­day in the Waikato divi­sion one competition.

Stan­dard foot­ball halves of 45 min­utes each way are played and while play­ers need their own boots and shin pads, shorts and shirts are pro­vided.

Ms Gaskell said they had big plans for the year.

‘‘2010 was chal­leng­ing but we have big goals for 2011. We want to do bet­ter than last

be­gin­ners year, ide­ally make four.’’

And there are plenty of rea­sons to get in­volved in the game.

‘‘ Women’s foot­ball is the fastest grow­ing sport world­wide. If you want to try some­thing new, soc­cer gives an ex­cuse to push some­one around. I love it, al­ways have, es­pe­cially the chal­lenge and how it keeps you fit. I’ll do it till I can’t,’’ she said.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion or to join the Chal­lenge Mata­mata ladies team, visit Natalie at Chal­lenge Mata­mata or con­tact her on 888 8116.

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Most of you will re­mem­ber Mata­mata Chron­i­cle ad­ver­tis­ing sales con­sul­tant Lisa Cra­mond. Lisa went on ma­ter­nity leave at the end of last year to await the ar­rival of her first child. Tayha Shoal Lysaght was born on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 10 at 12.01am at Waikato Hos­pi­tal and weighed seven and a half pounds. Pic­tured are Lisa, baby Tayha and proud daddy Phil Lysaght.

Skills: Natalie Gaskell in ac­tion for the Chal­lenge Mata­mata ladies foot­ball team.

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