All eyes of the south coast will be watching when the ball is bounced to start the first ever Great Southern women’s football season.
The inaugural Great Southern Football League Women’s (GSFLW) competition kicks off on Sunday, March 19.
Nine rounds. Four clubs. Three grades. Games will be played Sundays in a carnival-style program, with all games played at a different venue each week.
Grant Levy is the chair of the GSFLW committee and has been overwhelmed with the response from girls wanting to play local football.
“We’ve been impressed with the numbers from the clubs and the enthusiasm of the girls who are wanting to be a part of it,” Grant said.
“We’ve had a massive response, especially for under 12 and under 15 teams.”
The four clubs (Victor Harbor, Strathalbyn, Encounter Bay and Willunga) have had no trouble fielding the junior sides, but are still calling for players to join up for the open women’s/under 18 competition.
“This season will be an introductory season for women’s competition. Whether we get 16-a-side or nine-a-side each week, we are just giving the girls an opportunity to play football,” Grant said.
Sunday fixtures are expected to be a winner, as they will not detract from other sports such as netball, hockey or basketball.
They will also give clubs a chance to host a full day of sport in addition to the Saturday football and netball fixture. Each participating club will host two rounds, and one round will be played at Goolwa.
“Saturday afternoon netball is a big part of our football community and we don’t want to affect participation in netball,” Grant said.
“It’s enabling the girls to have a choice to play something that’s going to either be very foreign to them, or it will be something they will love and enjoy.
“Some of the girls that have come out to play don’t have a netball background at all, so footy is their passion.”
If you are interested in playing women’s football, phone: Jamie Lang (Encounter Bay) 0433 879 580, Kaitlin Purcell (Strathalbyn) 0456 917 758, Greg East (Victor Harbor) 0428 847 792, or Terry Corcoran (Willunga) 0439 080 387.