THE AFL wants to build on the success of the inaugural AFL North Coast Youth Girls competition last year when Grafton Tigers made the grand final.
THE AFL wants to build on the success of the inaugural AFL North Coast Youth Girls competition last year when Grafton Tigers made the grand final. Brad Greenshields

COME AND TRY: AFL continues its pitch to women

GRAFTON Tigers AFL club is about to see if the growing popularity of women's football has translated into more girls wanting to play the game in the Clarence Valley.

On Thursday the club will hold a come and try day at the club's HQ at Ellem Oval, Grafton, for girls aged 13 or over.

AFL development officer Alana Hanson said the success of the AFLW had women "hooked” as soon as they tried the sport.

"From playing demon- stration matches last season we now have teams created at Port Macquarie, Sawtell, and Coffs Harbour,” Hanson said.

"Only a couple of the ladies had played previously so the vast majority are all still learning as they go.”

Hanson said the Tigers planned to field a team in this season's AFL North Coast Women's Competition and committed to the Come and Try session to give

local women a chance to

try the game and learn

some skills before committing to join for the season.

The session will be run by female staff from AFL NSW/ACT and will start at 5.30pm before the men's training began.

"All ability and fitness levels will be catered for, with skills learnt in other sports making transition

to footy really easy,” Hanson said.

"We're all loving the challenge of learning new skills, the physicality of the game, and building our fitness.

"Training has been great fun and the men within

the clubs have been so welcoming and accommodating.

"Most women have come from another sport background and are loving the environment.”

She said anyone interested should bring their friends, meet at the ground wearing runners and exercise clothing.

For more information on the Come and Try, or for anything to do with playing AFL in the Clarence contact the Northern NSW office on 66596000.



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