Hawks embrace women’s comp

One club which has been quick to embrace plans for a new women’s league is Mid Gippsland Football League side Morwell East.

Hawks president David Evans said the club had expressed interest to AFL Gippsland and would hold a meeting on 8 December at Morwell Bowls Club for women interested in playing at the club.

“There’s no official league as yet (but) we’ve submitted our expression of interest and as far as we’re concerned we’re running with it,” Evans said.

“What we need to do now is go out and find a well qualified coach.”

He expected women’s football to take off and said having a team would provide a boost to the club.

“When I sat down and thought about it I thought you’d have more families at your club, more members, more volunteers,” Evans said.

“It’s just going to take off now the AFL’s got a structured (women’s) league – it’s really going to boom.

“So you’d hate to miss the boat.”

He said the next step was to find “23 or 24 girls who are interested in playing”.

“Anything administrative-wise will fall into place when it needs to be done,” Evans said.

The club has also appointed a prospective player to its committee as the representative for the women’s team.

Morwell East will hold its first two training nights for the women’s team at Ronald Reserve on Monday, 5 and Wednesday, 14 December at 6pm.

The club will also hold its first junior training sessions for under 16s and under 18s on 14 and 21 December from 5pm.

Women interested in playing football for Morwell East can phone Brooke Mawson on 0458 394 103.

Coaches interested in coaching the women’s team can phone Evans on 0400 731 351.