Beautiful game needs women
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.
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.