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Girls' comp faces cancellation

Tuesday, 12th March, 2013

North players Tegan Gray (left) and Yolanda Shamroze want more girls to turn up to training because the girls’ football competition now faces cancellation due to a lack of players at two clubs. North players Tegan Gray (left) and Yolanda Shamroze want more girls to turn up to training because the girls’ football competition now faces cancellation due to a lack of players at two clubs.

By Emily Roberts

The girls' football competition proved a great success when it began last year but now it faces cancellation season because of a lack of players at two clubs.

West and North are struggling while the other teams have almost 33 players each.

This year the structure of the games has been changed so the girls play four 15- minute quarters with five-minute breaks in between and 10 minutes for half time.

North's Tegan Gray said they were having trouble with getting a consistent number of people to training.

"We had 26 players in the grand final, so it is a bit of a shock now," Ms Gray said.

"I have no idea why people aren't turning up. It's probably because they think the competition is a fair way out and they will have plenty of time."

She said she would really like see more girls at training so they would have a good idea of the numbers.

"We're not getting the same people turning up to training."

West Coach Simon Matten, along with assistant coaches Brent King and Eathan Grose, said they had lost several players from last year's team.

"I think we have lost about seven or eight girls," Mr Matten said.

"We've lost some good players. A couple received clearances to play at other clubs and some left town.

"We are starting to get a few more on board (but) all the interest seems to have tapered off.

"But we have a good bunch of girls now. We've still got some young ones.

"If the competition folds, I'd be more disappointed for the girls."

Mr King said he thought the novelty of the game might have worn off.

"I think they also don't like going out and getting hurt. After a while, the girls were getting ankle and knee injuries. They're not as interested."

Mr Grose said if West folded it would mean a three-team competition.

"We don't want to see a bye in the competition," he said.

"We also don't want to get to the point where teams have to give each other players on game day," Mr Matten said.

To join West or North, contact Simon on 0421 416 707 or North coach Terry Anderson on 0438 033 937.

West are scheduled to play South in a trial game on March 20 at the Alma Oval.

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