Girls just want to have fun

21.03.2018

The rapid growth of female participation in football is spreading through the AFL South East region with the South East Juniors Girl’s competition set to get even bigger in 2018.

The SEJ – which has already produced several stars of AFL Women’s football – is about to launch into an exciting new era with four age groups of competition.

Nestled nicely between the under 12 and under 18 age groups will be the new 14s and 16s competitions, offering opportunities for girls of all ages to showcase their skills on the sporting fields of the South East.

Almost 50 enthusiastic young girls made their way to Casey Fields on Tuesday night in a great show of support for female participation in football.

Some of the stars of tomorrow gave their thoughts on what makes football such a fun game to play.

   

Olivia - Endeavour Hills

“I like everything about football. We have to put a lot of teamwork into it and I like the training and playing.”

 

Melanie - Narre North Foxes

“This is my first year and I play in the under 12s. I’ve done tap dancing, jazz and ballet but I wanted to play football because I can be involved with the play and get a touch of the ball.”

 

Alicia - Narre Warren

“I like everything about football. I like how you get to work as a team and it’s a really fun game to play. In my first year we didn’t even have a full team but now we nearly have too many players. It’s great to see so many girls involved.”

 

Lily - Pakenham

“It feels really cool to be part of a team because you fit in with all the other players. Last season was my first and I’m really looking forward to this year.”

 

Clare - Berwick Springs

“I like getting involved and having fun. We’ve got 22 players and we train really hard once a week. I play in the under-10 mixed team.”

 

Leah - Cranbourne

“It’s exciting to be playing football and just playing sport and getting a chance to play with the other girls.”

 

Angel - Officer

“I’m 10 years old and I’ve been playing football with the boys for my whole life. I play in the forward line and I’m really fast and do big kicks. I kicked a good goal against Beaconsfield one day.”

 

Nataly - Berwick

“I love how everyone on the field is involved and everyone gets a touch of the ball. I mainly tackle and take marks because I played back pocket last year.”

 

Olivia - Beaconsfield

“I like all the players in the AFLW, but I just like the way that there’s more and more of us girls getting together to play football…I think that’s really cool.”

 

Olivia from Beaconsfield said it was also great that players like Ellie Blackburn and Georgia Gee, both playing in the elite AFLW competition, had come through a similar path.

 

“That’s really inspiring to see that it can actually happen to girls like us.”

 

Rob Batty, from SEJ sponsor McDonalds, said it was great to see the passion that the young girls had for the game.

 

“It’s absolutely brilliant to see so many enthusiastic young kids ready to play some great Australian Rules football,” Batty said.

 

“We’ve been sponsoring now since about 2010 and it’s great to see the evolution and growth of football in the region. The growth of football, particularly with the girls, has been quite incredible. It would be great to see more of these girls play in the AFLW one day.”

 

Any young girl who would like to join their local club and play football in the SEJ this year can contact SEJ Operations Manager Nicole Edney on 5995 0555 (Option 3).