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Footy girls needed

More players are needed for Kyabram Football Club's youth girls team.

March 5, 2014 4:30am

Kyabram's footballers (back from left) Alex Mulcahy, Cameron Shandley, (front) Mikaila Waters and Jess Connally are keen to encourage some more players join the youth girls team and give footy a go in the upcoming 2014 season.

Kyabram Football Club’s youth girls team is urgently seeking more players for its second season of competition.

Coach Brett Hicks said the team had lost three players from last season’s squad, but had picked up the same number of new players.

‘‘We finished third in the first year of the competition and this season it has expanded to five teams with Tatura now putting in a team,’’ he said.

‘‘We just need some more players to join up.’’

Youth girls games are played under modified rules with 15 players on the ground, no fend offs and no kicking off the ground to encourage players to learn basic skills and have fun playing.

Alex Mulcahy, who starred for the team last year, started playing through Auskick and played junior football with boys teams.

‘‘Some girls are worried they’re going to get hurt, but I haven’t had an injury playing footy,’’ she said.

Mikaila Waters and Cameron Shandley are returning as second year players after enjoying their first run last season.

Both found aspects, such as scoring and tackling, exciting and fun while the game also provided a good opportunity to make new friends.

‘‘Girls shouldn’t be scared to play, just come out and give it a go,’’ Waters said.

Jess Connally is a new recruit who watched some games last year and was encouraged to try it by a friend who played.

There are major plans to expand women’s football with an academy team to start up in Shepparton next year, an equivalent to the boys’ TAC Cup planned for 2016 and a goal to create a women’s AFL by 2020.

The girls team has a practice match arranged against Strathfieldsaye from Bendigo, a team that has also been playing for one season, under lights at Kyabram Recreation Reserve on Friday, March 21 at 8pm.

Player registrations for Kyabram Football Club’s youth girls team and boys under-16 division one and two teams are being taken.

Registration costs $85 for girls and $125 for under-16 boys.

The under-16 boys squad has a 50 player cap this year, so it is first in.

The girls are training at Kyabram Recreation Reserve on Wednesday and Friday evenings, starting at 6pm, while the boys train on Monday and Wednesday evenings.

For inquiries about the youth girls team, phone Brett Hicks on 0439662647 and for under-16 boys phone Rod O’Donnell on 0407265689.

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