State Body kicks the can for Women’s Footy
AFL NSW /ACT has helped establish Women’s AFL in Broken Hill this year investing both in training sessions and in financial assistance.
In March AFL NSW Female Football Manager Libby Sadler visited Broken Hill to run skills sessions in the high schools and also ran a combined senior training & information session.
Following the successful launch of Women’s Football in the Lightning Cup AFL NSW then contributed $500 to purchase portable goals and cones for women’s reduced field sized games. Whilst we no longer need these they may be used in the off season when AFL 9’s is possibly introduced at a twilight mixed competition.
Behind the scenes Paul Habel, the Community Football Manger – Southern NSW, has negotiated a deal with the SANFL to fund JLT Insurance for the Ladies Teams for this year. This arrangement will save the four local Clubs about $500 each.
Over the June long weekend, AFL NSW funded a trip to Sydney for Aisha Walker to attend a Coaching Seminar aimed directly at Women in the AFL. Aisha enjoyed the seminar and also brought back DVD’s that have been used at Rep training.
Recognising the need to improve skills AFL NSW/ ACT has also this week contributed 4 match balls to each Club plus four for the AFL Broken Hill to use for Rep football at a cost of $1700.
In total AFL NSW/ACT has invested over $5,000 into Women’s AFL in Broken Hill, and the fruits of this investment will be on show when our local Rep girls clash with the EP Sharks (Eyre Peninsula region) on Sunday August 5th at AAMI stadium.
AFL Broken Hill Board Chairman, Peter Nash, said the success of the Women’s League had far out weighted even his bold expectations. The Clubs have been supportive and the players have just been amazing in their determination to improve. The standard of the games continues to improve and the Rep squad have been picking up some great tips from Coaches Dean Martin, Keiren Ralph and local games record holder Brett Morris.
Pictured are Rep players Jess Ray (West), Xanthe Bugeja (North), Erica Schmidt (Centrals) & Lyndsay Kubiak (South) with two of the four balls each Club will receive as part of the funding from AFL NSW/ACT.