AFL Barwon is delighted to announce that current Geelong AFLW captain and Women’s Football star Mel Hickey will be head coach of the very first AFL Barwon Senior Female Football Representative team. The inaugural representative side are taking on the Northern Football Netball League under the guidance of Hickey on Saturday, May 18 at KFC Oval, Queens Park as part of the AFL Victoria WorkSafe Community Championships.
The historic contest begins at 9.50am- the first match in a big triple header of Interleague football for our region. The Female Football team will also be donning a special jumper as voted on by the public in an AFL Barwon social media poll. In total, there were 1,358 votes on three jumpers, with the winning guernsey polling 572 votes.
“I think it’s just an awesome opportunity to be involved in,” Hickey said. “To have the opportunity to coach the AFL Barwon representative side is something I jumped at, and to see the flow on effect that the AFLW team has had on the region will be awesome.”
Hickey added, “I don’t think we’ll fully understand the full effect for another 12-24 months, but I have no doubt there will be more girls getting involved on the back of us having an AFLW side and these teams down here now, not only in Junior football but Senior Women’s football as well.”
Hickey is no stranger to firsts, having been anointed as the inaugural Geelong AFLW captain this season. The 34-year old has played for both the Cats and Melbourne in AFLW, having previously enjoyed a stellar VFL career for the Darebin Falcons and St Albans Spurs, winning seven VWFL/VFLW Premierships and making both the All Australian and Victorian sides in 2017. Hickey has also coached at Darebin, and as an assistant with the Vic Country Under 16 girls.
Key training dates and details surrounding squad selection will be announced in the coming weeks.