So far, over twenty women have taken up the opportunity to play AFL with Kiama Power this season.
They are being coached by the President of the Senior Club, Darren Williams, and according to him the improvement in their skills over just two weeks of training has been amazing.
“Only four of them have played AFL when they were younger, with most coming across from other sports after seeing the women play on TV.
“They are a great group of women who just want to give it a go, and in doing so their enthusiasm has brought a bit of extra life to the club.”
The women train twice a week, warming up with the men before focusing on their skills development.
They are joining a strong club which has not missed the first grade finals for over a decade.
“We have a culture that is the envy of most clubs because we are a one team town,” says Mr Williams.
Before the establishment of the women’s competition nationally, girls could only play in teams with the boys until they were 14.
“The best thing about what the AFL has done is to give women a pathway to continue to play,” says Mr Williams.
“We now have a new U12 and U15 Girls competition, as well as Open Womens.”
The season starts in early April, with the Power playing teams from Bulli to Ulladulla. More info at http://www.kiamapowerafl.com