Northern Suburb hubs North Shore and Corio have joined forces in an effort to provide junior girls a team in the area to play football in 2020. The GFNL and GDFNL clubs came together at the start of the year to give junior girls an opportunity in the north to play football locally, with the two clubs aiming to run a Junior Girls Under 12 team as well as under 15’s.
Training is just three weeks in for the new team- which has yet to be officially named, but under 12 coach Ash McPhee said numbers have grown every week and there is passion for a combined team in the area.
“You see all these girls coming through and you just want to give them somewhere they can play and bring them all together, he said. “I know there’s lots of girls in this area who want to play football, but we haven’t had a team in this area. It’s become a mission of mine to get something up and running.”
McPhee’s daughter Abbey is part of the under 12s team, and he credits her for his involvement in Female football. McPhee believes the girls skill level just three weeks in has already pleasantly surprised.
“When we started here a few weeks ago, girls who had never played football before were kicking it 20 meters pretty accurately and handballing really well,” he said. “They’re probably a year ahead of where I thought they’d be. I guess it’s experience they lack at the moment, but there is definitely potential and the enthusiasm is huge.”
Whilst enthusiasm is high for the combined sides, McPhee said both teams still require numbers, and with the season approaching he is encouraging any junior girls to come along to training, held on Wednesday night’s at Viva Energy Oval from 4.30pm.
“It’s not about winning and losing,” McPhee said.
“The girls can come along and have fun. They’re not going to be pushed to succeed, they’re going to be given the opportunity to have fun, enjoy themselves and make friends. Hopefully they enjoy footy and keep at it. What’s better than watching your kids running around playing footy and getting fit? It beats playing on the Playstation.”
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