AN exciting new chapter in the history of the Rockingham Rams is being written with the club’s first female footy team winning its first two games of the season.
The team, comprising girls from Years 7 to 12, has attracted a large crowd to its Friday night games against the Mandurah Mustangs and Safety Bay.
Coach Glen Millar said was “gobsmacked” at the quality of play and the determination the girls showed.
“The girls played their hearts out in front of a big crowd in Mandurah,” he said.
“We led at every change and we held a two point lead going into the last quarter.
“Our girls were amazing in the last quarter and ran all over Mandurah winning by 18 points.”
He said the players were ecstatic when the final siren sounded.
“They went absolutely crazy and I reckon the song could be heard back in Rockingham,” he said.
Last Friday night the side played its first home game against Safety Bay, notching up a comprehensive victory in front of a crowd of about 200 people, including Brand MHR Madeleine King who has sponsored the team, and club president Michael Holland.
“Both games had really good crowds under lights,” Mr Holland said.
“There was a great atmosphere and they are playing really good footy.
“It’s tough, they have a real go and give 120 per cent.”
“They’ve never played before and I didn’t really know how we were going to go.
“But we’ve been training for about two and a half months now and we’ve put a lot of hard work into our training and fitness.”
Ms King said the team was a fantastic bunch of enthusiastic players who loved playing footy and was delighted to be their sponsor.
“As a former WA Women’s Masters hockey player, I am passionate about the benefits of playing sport at any age,” she said.
“Playing sport and being part of a team is a great way of keeping fit and making life-long friends.
“The Rockingham Rams are a great local club and I am proud to cheer the girls on.”
Millar said the team had created a lot of interest and he had a waiting list of girls wanting to play footy next year.
Tonight the side will be taking on another new team, Secret Harbour, (away 4.30pm) followed by Pinjarra at Anniversary Park next Friday.