The Strathalbyn Football Club are the silent achievers in girls’ AFL football and started the season with a big win over Victor Harbor on Sunday at the Encounter Bay oval. It was the opening of the Great Southern Football League Girls’ football season and in the other game Willunga easily accounted for Encounter Bay.
Assistant coach and co-ordinator of the Strathalbyn Football Club Girl’s football team Darcy Springhall said the concept is growing, so are the club’s numbers and “its fantastic”.
“We are looking at having 15 girls take the field in both our u/12 and u/15 sides and we are looking at 20 or so in our senior women’s side. It’s fantastic that girls keep coming out,” Darcy said.
“I think there is a real sense of optimism and pride in the wake of the AFLW competition’s success. I think our girls have received a kick out of seeing them play too. I hope its something that becomes a permanent fixture over the coming years.
“Our girls have been training since February, the opening round has been a long time coming, however we felt like we really needed some time to cover all the basics of the game thoroughly.”
Darcy said the club has “some ripper” u/12 girls.
“It’s scary how hard they are hitting in at the contest. I think Sienna Laan, Zinta Boag and Tilly Harrison are going to be one’s to watch while Zara Birt looks to be the dark horse after joining us on a week or so ago. In the u/15’s I think all the girls have demonstrated great skill and commitment. I’m looking forward to seeing Holly Wallace play, the Cozmanis twins, and to see how Alice Welk and Keely Ryan use their height.”
In the open women Morgan Tucker has been named captain and is a really smooth mover, vice captain Bree Leibhardt will no doubt bring her intensity that saw her dominate the netball court for the past decade, but Darcy believes the strength of the side is speed, with Ashlee Anderson, Chloe Isaacson and the two pocket rockets, Nicky Bell and Annabell Thomas.
Darcy said Paul Thomas and Kaitlin Purcell have been tireless to get the competition moving, along with Rob Donaldson and Andrew Batten.