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Beware of Sharks

Thursday, 30th May, 2013

BH women’s coach Dean Martin, shown with the team at Adelaide’s AAMI stadium last year, is expecting a tougher contest against the EP Sharks in July. BH women’s coach Dean Martin, shown with the team at Adelaide’s AAMI stadium last year, is expecting a tougher contest against the EP Sharks in July.

Broken Hill women’s football coach Dean Martin is expecting a much tougher contest when his side meets a more experienced Eyre Peninsula team on July 6 in Port Lincoln.

It will be the third match between the teams since Broken Hill thrashed the EP Sharks in Adelaide last year and followed it up with another belting in Broken Hill.

But Martin, who has again been appointed co-coach of the BH side, said he expected the Sharks to put up a stronger showing this time around on their home turf.

“The EP girls improved dramatically from the AAMI game to the game in October and so I am expecting a very tough contest for our local girls,” he said.

“While the EP are yet to establish a competition, they have been having plenty of training sessions with Emma Gibson, the SANFL Women’s Development Officer.

“The emphasis for this trip will be on enjoyment and bolstering our relationship with the EP group and at the same time challenging ourselves to play a different group on their home patch.”

Martin, who also coaches the Central women’s team, said he wanted a good representation from each club for the game and encouraged as many women as possible to attend training before a squad of 24 is chosen.

“With school holidays, a few players have already been ruled out so I would encourage the ladies to attend training, and we will select a squad after two weeks of training.” he said.

Training will begin on Monday at the Jubilee Oval at 5.30pm.

The team will also look the part after a sponsorship deal that will provide the players with new guernseys, shorts and socks.

“The Democratic Club have agreed to outlay $2500 to kit out the team which is just fantastic news,” AFL BH Chairman Peter Nash said.

“For the AAMI game our team was a mishmash of two sets of male guernseys so this sponsorship will assist our girls to look terrific.”

Mr Nash said the women’s football had been an outstanding success locally and that nationally the game was growing rapidly.

“Recently a draft was held selecting Australia’s top 50 female players who will play a curtain raiser in Melbourne in June, and this further demonstrates that women’s football is on track to have a national league in the next ten years.

“The local challenge for us now is to get some of our players involved in SA rep squads at either 18s or senior level,” said Mr Nash.

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