After cheering on Old Launcestonians from the sidelines in 2018, Emma Price will experience life on the other side of the fence in 2019.
The daughter of senior coach Paul Beechey and wife of forward Nick, Price was one of the first to sign up when the Blues signalled their intentions to field a women’s team in the NTFAW.
“I give myself the title of the best supporter - I think I know everything on the sideline so when the opportunity came that they decided they’d like to apply for a women’s team, I put my hand up and said ‘yep I’ll definitely play’,” Price said.
“For me I just can’t wait to put on the blue and white and run out to be one of the first women to represent the OLs club, it’s pretty exciting.”
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The Blues will be one of three new clubs in the NTFAW next year, with Bridgenorth and Old Scotch also winning licences to compete against the six existing clubs from 2018’s TWL North competition.
Price said more than 20 players had turned up for the Blues’ first training session and that a handful of State League netballers had expressed interest in playing.
“We had great numbers first run and we had a big mixture of experienced players, some from other clubs and some who’d never even picked up a footy before.
“There’s such a vast array of player skills and experience there so it’ll be a challenging year I’d imagine, but there’s lots to learn and lots to work hard for.
“We’re not under the impression that we’ll walk in and be amazing ... but we’re committed to working hard and we can only chase the leaders of the competition and work hard to improve.”