Women's footy makes its mark

The numbers of girls playing footy has skyrocketed in Northern Tasmania this season.

CRUNCH: Mia King and Bianca White, of East Launceston Junior Football Club, tackle Anabel Thomson of Evandale Football Club.

CRUNCH: Mia King and Bianca White, of East Launceston Junior Football Club, tackle Anabel Thomson of Evandale Football Club.

And the future looks good for the female game with a seventh side to join the NTJFA’s competition for 13-17 year olds as well as a new competition for the 9-12 year olds.

NTJFA football director Emma Anderson said the maiden season of the girls’ competition had led to the boost in numbers. 

“The NTJFA saw a rise of 170% in female membership with 203 members,” Mrs Anderson said.

“Before running the girls’ competition numbers were around 10 each year.”

The 2016 season flew off the rails as six teams of passionate young women showed off their skills and athleticism. 

North Launceston will introduce a team next season. 

Mrs Anderson said the girls in the NTJFA could go on to higher levels with commitment and encouragement.

“I think there are some wonderfully talented girls playing for the NTJFA that I would love to see continue forward to play at the highest level possible for them, be it the TWL or the AFL.

“Their decision to continue to play on will be based around many factors but I think the most important element is the support and encouragement that each individual girl receives.

“If a player shows the commitment and drive to succeed, then we all need to have the same level of commitment and drive to help them achieve,” she said. 

Hawthorn FC are committed to trying to develop success across the Australian Women’s Football league.

Their direct roots in Tasmania and the visits from Hawthorn players encourage young women in Tasmania.

Women’s All Star Football has a wide reach. It supports young women to get out and have a go at what is predominantly a male sport.

Playing competitive sport brings out the best in people, allows stress release through exercise and makes lifelong friendships. Social networks are broadened, whether male or female.

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