FOOTY: The Women’s Football League is ready to kick off once again. Keen to get back into it were Whyalla Women’s Football League committee member Tara Lampe and under 18s player Mily Edmonds.Women’s football is on again this year.
Sport organisers are once again calling on keen football players to head out to Central Whyalla Football Club oval for the first training session of the season Wednesday, July 23 from 6pm.
Coach Kevin Hancock said there was plenty of interest last year from local women and wanted and he hoped to see it continue into the 2014 season.
“We want to get as many girls to come out there as we can to have a go and start to affiliate them with some of the teams,” Mr Hancock said.
At the end of the 2013 season, Central Whyalla Football Club had almost a full side of 15 to 18 girls while Weeroona Bay and Roopena shared a mix of about 18 girls.
“Ideally, if we could get even two full teams of 22 girls each side that would be great,” he said.
“Last year we were really only playing between nine and 12 a side, so this year we really wanna take it out so we can use a full size oval and the girls really get to test themselves.”
Mr Hancock said last year nearly 100 girls turned out for the first couple of trainings, but as the season went on numbers dwindled.
“The best way we discovered was to try and make sure every girl brought out one friend then we double our numbers,” he said.
“Just bring someone else out and encourage them to have a go.”
Mr Hancock said a lot of women were apprehensive at first, as they were not sure of all the game’s rules.
“A lot of the girls that started last year had never played before,” he said.
“Maybe they had watched a partner play or had some interest on the telly but they had not been actively involved.
“A lot of people are nervous about trying out, thinking ‘oh I haven’t done this before, I’m going to look stupid’.
“It’s not about that, we just want people to come out and have fun, get a bit of an interest in the game.”
Mr Hancock said the league aimed to start getting into games once the netball season was finished.
The women’s football season will run after the men’s grand final through to late November.
Although the league had gained the support of the Whyalla Football Association, Mr Hancock said there was hopes to eventually form a committee.
“It’s a good environment, everyone is supportive of each other, [it’s] designed to be a bit of fun,” Mr Hancock said.
For more information, head to the Women’s Football Facebook page at www.facebook南京夜网/WomensAflWhyalla.
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