Barker blazing a trail in Amateurs
EVEN after missing the final three home and away games of the season, Curtin University Wesley’s Jessie Barker claimed a place in history by sharing the WA Amateur Football League’s inaugural women’s A Grade Best and Fairest award.
Barker, who finished the year injured, tied with Rebecca Viney from North Beach.
The Willagee resident said it was a surprise and very exciting to win the top prize for the first time.
“It was nice to feel like a bit of a pioneer,” she said.
Her teammate Clair Edwards won the leading goalkicker title after nailing 23 goals this season.
The individual awards were something to take away from the year after the Tigers went through the season undefeated only to lose the preliminary final and miss the chance to play in the premiership decider.
Barker started playing football in Albany when she was eight years old and played for WAFL club Claremont when she moved to Perth. She switched to Curtin University Wesley because she wanted to play at a more social level.
Barker said she and her teammates were trying to build a pathway for girls in Aussie Rules.
“We want to play, we want to have fun, so I hope to be one of the people who inspire younger girls to try something that maybe they are a bit intimidated to do because it is so male-dominated,” she said.
Other Tigers players who won accolades at the WAAFL Awards were Klinton Williams for best and fairest for A Reserves, Andrew Jonson for D1 and Jesse Wilson for D1 Reserves. THE new summer season is about to start at Bibra Lake’s Pro Futsal Centre, and one club is offering more locals a chance to join the fun.
Starting life as the South Metro Futsal Club in 2012 before rebranding last year, the South Perth Futsal Club has grown in both numbers and success, fielding teams across almost a dozen age groups and being named champions in a recent 15s JSFL competition.
Club President Alex Herrera said their goal for the coming season was to develop new and existing players, including starting an U15 girls team.
“We concentrate on being a development club more than anything,” he said.
“Success for our first teams are goals, yes, but developing top players from a young age is paramount to us.
“Futsal is highintensity; it promotes using your mind quickly as well as your body.”
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