Yarrawonga Chronicle

Donation assists girls footy

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Despite the excitement and anticipati­on for the start of 2021 season there were low numbers at training and the girls faced the prospect of not being able to play at all.

Then along came a great idea to combine several club teams in the league (Yarrawonga, Alpine Lions based in Whorouly and Thurgoona) who were also facing the same propositio­n. The alternativ­e of having willing girls not playing was not an option.

“It was a master stroke to bring the girls together but with this presented the challenge of everyone needing to get to combined training sessions and games,” Open Women’s team coach Jim Gillies said.

“Some girls have had to travel over two hours to training and games each week.”

Jim then came across the Toyota Good For Footy Suggestion Box initiative and asked for some assistance with fuel costs for the girls who face more than the usual travel challenges to train and play football.

The Toyota initiative is a chance for fans to submit their suggestion­s on how to make the game more accessible for all and support football at all levels, from grassroots through to the elite.

Thanks to Jim and Toyota United received a $1,500 AmpolCash Gift Card from Toyota Australia which they will distribute to players, parents and officials through vouchers at their upcoming presentati­on night.

Yarrawonga Toyota Dealer Principal Steven Zandt said it was great be able to assist the girls in their quest to play football.

“In what has been a challengin­g time for community sport everywhere every little bit helps.

“We love supporting local sport where we can, and this is another good example of how we can offer support.”

To submit your club’s suggestion or for more informatio­n visit www.toyota.com.au/ community/partnershi­ps/afl-aflw/gooder

The Under 17 United side’s season is still alive after making it through to the Preliminar­y Final.

AFL North East Border has advised that the final will be played at Lavington Sports Ground this Sunday, August 15.

It was a year of many challenges for the Yarrawonga female football teams this year.

 ??  ?? Yarrawonga Toyota Dealer Principal Steven Zandt presents United Women’s Football Coach Jim Gillies with the $1,500 AmpolCash Gift Card from Toyota with United players; Under 17s Mia Spiteri, Open Women’s Annie Robilliard and Under 14s Hannah Loughnan.
Yarrawonga Toyota Dealer Principal Steven Zandt presents United Women’s Football Coach Jim Gillies with the $1,500 AmpolCash Gift Card from Toyota with United players; Under 17s Mia Spiteri, Open Women’s Annie Robilliard and Under 14s Hannah Loughnan.

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