Thunderbirds fly for female state football team

Some of the Peel Thunderbirds who will represent the State in female AFL.
Some of the Peel Thunderbirds who will represent the State in female AFL.

SIX of the State representatives in the 2015 WA state 16s female AFL team currently play for the Peel Thunderbirds in the Youth Girls Competition.

This equates to 25 per cent of the squad coming from the local team.

Kate Bartlett, Sabreena Duffy, Courtney Fabry, Courtney Hodder, Kira Morrison and Olivia Turner will represent WA in the team that will be travelling to Geelong in July to contest the National Carnival.

They will pit their talents against players from Victoria, Queensland, NSW and the ACT.

Sabreena, Courtney Fabry, Kira and Olivia will be travelling for the second year after also making the 16s team that went to Sydney last year.

State 16s girls football head coach Oliver Beath said it was amazing more than 100 girls nominated and trialled from as far south as Albany and as far north as Karratha.

“Six of the 24 squad members come from Peel,” he said.

“The commitment of these girls is fantastic, with the girls travelling to Perth every week for training.

“We have also just recently returned from our camp in Mandurah, which was a fantastic bonding experience for all involved.”

WA will be hoping to win back the Premiership Trophy this year after becoming the first-ever State side (16s, 18s or Open Carnivals) to defeat Victoria in a match and carnival in Darwin in 2013.