Local women to create history
Tuesday, 6th June, 2017
Football history will be created in Broken Hill when the first official women’s combined game is held at Jubilee Oval.
After months of planning the local team will play a Sunraysia side in what local AFL officials are hoping will become a regular fixture.
“It has taken a fair bit of work but finally everything has fallen into place,” AFL Chairman Andrew Schmidt said.
“Our women’s competition is now in its sixth year while the Mildura based competition is in its first season but they are very keen and as equally determined to win.”
The local squad has been training for the past three weeks under coach Sheldon Hall who has been impressed by the commitment of his players.
“We have a squad of over 30 players and will trim that to 24 for the match,” Hall said.
“I can’t question the endeavour of the girls.”
This will not be the first Broken Hill combined women’s team as in 2012 Broken Hill played Port Lincoln in a curtain raiser match at Football Park prior to an Adelaide Crows game.
At the end of that year Port Lincoln travelled to Broken Hill on an end of season trip and had a scratch match at Memorial Oval but according to the AFL this Saturday will be the first sanctioned game in the Silver City.
“We have treated this match the same as we did with the men who competed in the Miners Cup clashes,” Schmidt said.
“We have sourced new jumpers, shorts and socks and all the players will be given a polo top, all of which has been sponsored by Thyme on Argent, and there will be pre and post-match functions,” Schmidt added.
“We are taking this clash seriously and we are grateful that the girls who are in the training squad realise the importance of this weekend.”
The game has received backing from AFL NSW and the Bendigo Bank and with a Football free long weekend in Broken Hill organisers are hoping for plenty of local support.
“The local competition has the weekend off and we are planning to have an exhibition match between our 12 - 16 year old girls as a curtain raiser,” Schmidt said.
“We will be banking on football supporters to support our women 100% and pack Jubilee Oval next Saturday.”
The game will be Broken Hill’s only taste of representative football in 2017 as an agreement between AFL Broken Hill and the Far North League could not be reached for the annual Miners Cup, which had been played since 2007 as a curtain raiser to Port Adelaide home games.