Hiller-Stanbrook headlines inaugural AFL CW Women’s rep team
AFL Central West have finalised the inaugural Women’s representative team to take on Sapphire Coast on July 6. The match, held in Nowra will be a great test for the Central West side, filled with talented players. The side, coached by Jayarna Kay, features some big names and representation from all five AFL CW teams. On paper, the team looks incredibly strong, and will challenge the Sapphire side especially through the midfield. The game is scheduled for 1 pm at the Nowra Showground.
Casey White, AFL CW Football Operations Manager said that this positive step in developing women’s football. “Our competition, now in its fifth season, is an established one in the Central West. The ladies need additional opportunities to develop and this fixture compliments the strong Youth Girls program we have. These ladies have the opportunity to now be role models for our juniors as there is a local representative goal for them.”
White also made note of the growth of representative football in particular for the Central West ladies. “Last season we had our inaugural Northern Suns vs Southern Thunder Intra-league representative fixture. That was a huge success and now we are able to combine those teams together to play an external opponent. I hope that this fixture generates a strong relationship between the two leagues and allows further opportunities for our sides in future years.”
Coach Jayarna Kay is excited for the opportunity to coach this team of ladies into the Sapphire Coast matchup saying “I am humbled and excited, and very appreciative for the opportunity to lead out our first 2019 women’s representative team. I am also looking forward to coaching alongside assistant coach Luke Le Page who recently led our Youth girl’s representative team towards an amazing win last weekend”. Ms Kay acknowledged the strength of the team highlighting some of the talents in the side. “This team brings a lot of strength throughout our spine with players like Danita Lane (Giants); Seeanna Lindsay (Tigers); Jemma Neuman (Tigers); and Bethanie Durham (Bushrangers). Another key player who will assist that spine is Eloise Hiller-Stanbrook (Parkes), who has recently played in the 2019 Under-18 AFL NSW/ACT Rams Youth Girls side.
“This team comes with a great level of skill, experience and competitiveness. The best team approach as coach this year is all about providing opportunities for players to experience growth, to share their experience as a developing competitive playing group, and to learn about the qualities of leadership and sportsmanship” Ms Kay said.
Captaining the team in this fixture is Amy Symons (Tigers) with Bathurst GIANTS Katie Kennedy Vice Captain. The team will come together on Sunday June 23 (Orange) and Sunday June 30 (Bathurst) for two training sessions leading up to the clash.
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