Football: 7 Swan Districts women’s players to represent WA under-18s this weekend

Leith Woods (asst coach), Rikki Ryan, Jess Cox, Caitlin Hill, Tayla Mcauliffe, Courtney Ugle (supporter), Emily McGuire, Maddison Ugle (captain) and Mikayla Bowen.
Leith Woods (asst coach), Rikki Ryan, Jess Cox, Caitlin Hill, Tayla Mcauliffe, Courtney Ugle (supporter), Emily McGuire, Maddison Ugle (captain) and Mikayla Bowen.

SEVEN Swan Districts Women’s Football Club junior girls will represent WA at the AFL Women’s under-18s championships this weekend.

Maddison Ugle, Rikki Ryan, Jess Cox, Caitlin Hill, Tayla Mcauliffe, Emily McGuire and Mikayla Bowen flew to Adelaide yesterday to play in round 1.

In addition to the seven, two other players were part of a 35-member squad and will be eligible for selection for round 2 in July.

Swan Districts Youth Girls coach Leith Woods also travelled with the squad as assistant coach.

WA faces New South Wales/Australia Capital Territory tomorrow and Queensland on Sunday.

Swan Districts V Swans high performance and justice manager Kara Donnellan said the club was proud of the players and Woods.

“The seven that will travel this weekend are exceptionally talented players and incredible young women who we have seen develop over the years, as they have has a successful transition through our Female Football Pathway at Swan Districts,” she said.

“We have had strong representation over the years at a state representative level, which has been very pleasing.

“We are continuing to grow the football pathway for young females in the game and in our Swan Districts, and give many more young females the same opportunity.”

Donnellan, who played for the Fremantle Dockers in the inaugural AFLW season, said she was confident the girls would take the opportunity with both hands and enjoy their football.

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