Teacher scores top award for girls footy

Joe Kendall with Year 8 football player Mikayla Hyde. Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au   d441722
Joe Kendall with Year 8 football player Mikayla Hyde. Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au d441722

Six awards were presented at the event held at Subiaco Oval last month and Mr Kendall won the award for Most Outstanding Female Program for football.

This is the second year the senior school health and education teacher has been nominated for the award by Swans District.

Last year he was a finalist.

Running a team of 22 years 7 and 9 girls, Mr Kendall is happy to see acknowledgement of the growing popularity of Aussie Rules among girls.

After Mr Kendall set up a staff and parents evening football game, the school supported a younger girls team.

Mr Kendall said the younger girls were surprised there was an opportunity for them to play Aussie Rules.

�Helena College has always had a strong upper girls 10s and 12s team, so the younger girls were eager to sign up,� Mr Kendall said.

This is also the first year that the girls have had weekly games.

In the past, the only opportunity for the team to play was at a one-day carnival, where the Helena College girls team were joint winners with Darling Range in 2014 at the Lightning Carnival.