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Girls’ footy needs a kick along

Thursday, 29th March, 2012

SIGN UP, GIRLS: Kacee Milnes and Morgan Morris with South coach Michael Vlatko want more girls to join them in the new female footy comp. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt SIGN UP, GIRLS: Kacee Milnes and Morgan Morris with South coach Michael Vlatko want more girls to join them in the new female footy comp. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt

 By Emily Roberts

The amount of interest first shown in girls’ football in the city has started to wane which could mean that the competition might not get off the ground.

Kacee Milnes, a representative of the South Football Club, said there weren’t many girls coming to training now.

“When girls’ football was first announced a lot of girls put their name down but not a lot rock up to training,” Kacee said.

She said a ladies football clinic held on Monday night attracted only a handful of girls.

“The ladies clinic was really small and the other clubs said a small group of girls are going to training.

“The North girls said people are saying ‘don’t go to North because they have too many players’ but they are having the same problem as us.

“We want girls to know playing football is not as scary as it seems. A lot of people think it is hard but it is good fun and good for fitness.

“It’s not full-on like you see on television. A lot of us haven’t played since high school.”

Kacee said the league needed 22 players a side to compete.

“When you have nine or 10 girls going to training it’s only just enough.

“People just need a little push. The social aspect of football is really fun as well and you join a club and get involved.”

She said people might worry that the game will be too rough or they aren’t fit enough.

“But we are all at the same level. If you have a go at training you always get better.

“My little sister didn’t want to play at all and she came to a training and loved it. I didn’t know she could play as well as she did.”

Kacee said it would be disappointing if the competition couldn’t go ahead.

“It would be a shame if there was just not enough players and the whole thing got cancelled.”

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