Stingers girls set to make history this year


Suzanne Taylor,  Emma Swanson,  Garreth Shackleton and  Mark Vernal.
Suzanne Taylor, Emma Swanson, Garreth Shackleton and Mark Vernal.

Currently girls can play in mixed-gender teams up to the age of 14, but up until last year, there was no pathway for them to continue playing after that.

The team for girls aged 13 to 15 will train twice a week under the watchful eye of coach Mark Vernal.

“Girls aged 13 to 15 now have the opportunity to continue playing football, with other girls,” he said.

“The girls will be making history, being the first girls youth team in the Rockingham district.”

Peel District development officer Emma Swanson hopes to see girls turn out in strong numbers come the start of the season.

“I think that the Peel junior girls and youth girls competition is a great opportunity to get girls involved in football,” she said.

Club president Garreth Shackleton said the club was hopeful of fielding an under-12s, under-15s and under-18s team for women.

The Stingers recruiting day is on March 15 from 4.30 to 6.30 pm.