Sharks thrown in the deep end
Thursday, 2nd August, 2012
By Emily Roberts
The Port Lincoln team challenging Broken Hill's combined female representative team have had less than two months to prepare for this weekend's big game.
The Eyre Peninsula Calypso Star Sharks have had just six weeks to train together as a team - and most of the girls haven't played a game of football.
Their coach, Brett Channon, said only one member of the team has played a game of football before getting together.
"Unfortunately, we didn't have a league (like Broken Hill girls did)," he said.
"We are trying to set up a women's league in Port Lincoln, so when it came to selecting the team we didn't have the luxury of (seeing the girls in action), but we were able to pick from a heap of girls. The team has been together for six weeks."
Mr Channon said there were a lot of girls eager to start a league in the Eyre Peninsula.
He said Emma Gibson, an SANFL Female Officer, has been working closely with the Eyre Peninsula to get the league set up.
Despite the lack of training, Mr Channon said he had 25 enthusiastic girls itching to get out onto AAMI stadium.
"A number of girls have natural talent and there is a lot of potential for good competitive football," he said.
"They absolutely can't wait, I'm sure many aren't sleeping because they are so excited."
Mr Channon said the game would be a unique experience for the girls.
"The girls have got the opportunity to do it and they are really looking forward to it," he said.
"We have been training twice a week and have had two scratch matches."
However, while the team will be going all out to win, Mr Channon said the eagerness to beat the Broken Hill side will stay on the field.
"We hope to get together with the Broken Hill side after the game," he said.
"Looking forward to get out there, have a challenging game, then sit down and have a beer afterwards with the Broken Hill girls."
Ms Gibson said talk around Adelaide had started to pick up for the curtain- raiser to the Adelaide and Essendon game.
"There hasn't been much hype in Adelaide as there would be in the regional towns," Ms Gibson said.
"But we have put some advertising on Facebook and it has taken off.
"It has taken us a while to get there (to organise the game) but we got there."
Ms Gibson said it was sending a good message to other girls interesting in football.
"It is a good message having girls play football - it promotes the game," she said.