Saints ap­peal for new play­ers

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

Hor­sham Saints Foot­ball Net­ball Club is ap­peal­ing for girls be­tween the ages of 13 and 18 to join its side for the up­com­ing Deakin Univer­sity Fe­male Foot­ball League sea­son.

The club has en­tered a team in the league since its in­cep­tion in 2017, win­ning the in­au­gu­ral pre­mier­ship against Hamil­ton that year.

Club pres­i­dent Nathan Martin said women’s foot­ball was en­joy­ing ‘un­prece­dented growth’ and en­cour­aged any girl want­ing to play at a high level of com­pe­ti­tion to try out for the team.

“This is a key step in the fe­male player path­way from Aus­kick to youth girls to se­nior foot­ball, ul­ti­mately pro­vid­ing a feeder for our best tal­ent to the na­tional league,” he said.

“Hor­sham Saints have had girls play with the Greater West­ern Vic­to­ria Rebels and this year we had Rene Caris drafted to Gee­long in the AFLW. In par­tic­u­lar we are ap­peal­ing to Hor­sham District Foot­ball Net­ball League clubs and other Wim­mera Foot­ball League clubs that don’t yet have a girls foot­ball team.”

Garry Hal­lam will coach the team this sea­son, with Mark Hal­lam serv­ing as as­sis­tant coach. Em­i­lie-rae Wood­head will be team man­ager.

Mr Martin said the lead­er­ship team would help make this sea­son a fun, so­cial ex­pe­ri­ence for any­one who joined.

“Garry has played and coached a lot of footy. He was a mem­ber of Hor­sham Saints’ 2015 pre­mier­ship team,” he said.

“Mark has been in­volved in foot­ball all his life and most re­cently has taken up um­pir­ing, which is im­por­tant as a lot of the girls need to learn the ba­sics of the game in­clud­ing the rules of AFL.

“Garry and Mark’s fo­cus will be fun, fit­ness and learn­ing the ba­sic skills of the game.

“It is an op­por­tu­nity for girls to build new friend­ships.”

The club will host a come and try day and free bar­be­cue, where play­ers and par­ents can meet the coaches on Sun­day, March 17 at Cough­lin Park at 1pm.

Train­ing will start on Mon­day, March 25, with the sea­son start­ing on Sun­day, April 28.

Peo­ple can call Garry Hal­lam on 0447 806 415, Mark Hal­lam on 0428 139 043 or email Em­i­lie-rae Wood­head at em­i­[email protected]­hoo. com.au for more in­for­ma­tion.

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