Juniors on the rise
JUNIOR development programs like Mini Roos are paying off for Myrtleford Savoy.
This year the club will, for the first time, field an under-13 girls side in the Albury Wodonga Football Association competition along with boys sides in the under- 11s, under - 12s and under-14s.
Junior football co- ordinator Danielle Caponecchia said the club was also expecting to host two gala days during the year targeting Mini Roos and one purely for girls.
“Last year we had 83 registered in the Mini Roos alone,” she said.
“That’s kids, boys and girls, aged five to nine and some older who are not yet ready for the Sunday competition in AWFA.
“One of the big changes was the shift away from the weekends to holding the Mini Roos on a Tuesday night so the boys could still be involved in Auskick – we made the switch because we didn’t want to force kids to choose one sport over another at such a young age.”
Mrs Caponecchia, who will be helped by Racheal Kelly who’s returning to the club this year, will also coach the under-13 girls.
“It is something we have pushed for in the off season and we have good numbers – we could always add a few more,” she said.
“We did a couple of clinics at the school, held a come and try training session and the girls are really excited about the season ahead.
“There are no lofty ambitions – we just want them to enjoy the sport, teach them the basics and let them play.”
Mrs Caponecchia said registra- tions were still open for junior sides.
“We still have some spots in the under-12 and under -14 boys too and we’d love to get even more kids involved,” she said.