Women’s footy team first

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - SPORT - PA­TRICK GEE

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.

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