South Fremantle FC women ready for 2019

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A NEW era of women’s football has started and there is excitement brewing at South Fremantle Football Club.

The inaugural WAFLW competition starts on May 5 and while South Fremantle aren’t one of the competition’s first five teams, WAFLW reserves head coach Jason Elliott said they couldn’t wait to cash in their provisional license and jump into the action in 2020.

Until then, the club is looking to continue their strong form in the reserves and Rogers Cup (youth) competitions.

A new coach for the reserves in 2019, Elliot said his team were looking to build on a disappointing 2018 and become bigger and better this season.

“I think there will be an improvement on last season and the girls will be more competitive for larger sections of the games which should make for closer games,” he said.

“These girls have worked extremely hard over the pre season and are playing some much improved team orientated football.

“Our team’s greatest strength would have to be their camaraderie and team spirit, they seem like a really close group who go out of their way to help and protect each other, they’re a very united team.”

Rogers Cup coach Adrian Ivancich said women’s football was growing from strength to strength and that it was an exciting time to be a young female footballer.

“We are definitely in a massive growth phase for woman playing football and now they have a clear pathway onto the AFLW which is exciting for everyone,” he said.

“There is definitely a bigger drive in girls who want to strive to reach the AFLW and you can see how driven they are with training , preparation and looking after themselves to gain a edge over other players.

“We’re over the moon with South Fremantle being granted a provisional license for 2020 and now our focus is too have a strong season on the field in 2019 and develop our youth girls through out the season to prepare them for senior football.”

The WAFLW reserves and Rogers Cup competitions kick off on April 14 with South Fremantle hosting Perth Angels at Fremantle Oval.

The Rogers Cup game starts at 10.30am with the reserves to follow at 12pm.

 

Jason Elliott has his say

Player to watch: Lauren Vecchio (captain): “she has trained extremely hard during the pre season and is developing as a great leader/player”

Breakout season: Mel Silcock: “She has had an extremely strong pre season and would be close to one of the fittest at the club. Releasing her into the middle this season and not having her to play two games would be great for her and I think she will flourish.”

Why fans should watch: “We don’t want supporters to just come to games, we want our supporters to join our family. So come down get behind the girls, bring your kids and have a kick on the oval between games and quarters.”

Adrian Ivancich has his say

Player to watch: “I believe that our whole playing group will be worth watching and our whole focus is on team football and not individuals.”

Breakout season: “We are really looking for our leadership group to lead from the front and our mature age girls to really have strong impact on the season and lead the way for the younger girls on the list.”

Why fans should watch: “The South Fremantle Youth Team has many players who are involved in State 18 and 16 teams as well as the State Talent Academy and they will be showing their skills so get down, come and have a look and bring your daughters because they are the future of this great sport.”