Women’s footy team first
AFTER a groundbreaking year for women’s football in Australia, the New Norfolk District Football Club will make history this season with their first senior women’s team.
The team had its first training sessions last week and de- spite wet and stormy weather, had 18 players turn up.
The team’s playing captain and assistant coach, Hannah McMaster, has been trying to gather interest for a team for two years, but only had five to eight players show interest.
This year, 35 players registered their interest which Mrs McMaster said was “absolutely amazing”.
“I’m over the moon, it’s hard to wipe the smile off my face,” she said.
The team will be coached by Dean King who has coached the New Norfolk Under 17 girls’ football team for the past few years.
Mrs McMaster said the increase in popularity of women’s football over the past year sparked the increase in player interest.
“I think Dean’s association with the under 17s as their coach has also helped with the connections and getting the idea out there,” she said.
In the past, women too old to play in the Under 17 side have had to leave New Norfolk to continue their football career at other clubs, Mrs McMaster said.
She said the implementation of a women’s team would help keep young talent in the Derwent Valley.
Dean King will play a caretaker-coach role this season with the intention of grooming Mrs McMaster to take over the head coach role next season.
Mrs McMaster said the roster and fixtures hadn’t been set as yet but wouldn’t be far away.