The upward trend is just as prevalent at grass roots level and, according Willetton Junior Football Club president Glen Hunter, the demand is so high a local league is well under way.
“There is a lot of local interest, and we are always looking to increase competition so I’m putting out the call to join us,” he said.
Hunter, who was inspired to launch a girls league at his daughter Abbey’s (16) insistence said the club hoped to establish teams in two age categories – years 4-6 and years 7-10 – to enter a local competition with four sides, including one in Riverton and one in Booragoon.
“Girls tend to play with boys until they are about 11, but after that there is nowhere for them to go, and we hope to change that,” Hunter said.
Rules remain the same, however side numbers are smaller and the field in the women’s competition is modified, to encourage competition.
“We want to get the message out to all girls in the Willetton area who want to pull on the boots and play AFL, to contact the club about playing,” he said.
For information or to join the club, email hunter240z-@iinet. net.au or call 0403 016 822.