Women's Bobcats back after seven years
SEVEN years ago players in the Maclean Bobcats women's team trudged off the field and took off their boots and watched as the female form of the game quickly faded from the Maclean Football Club's program.
Five years later and rumours began to circle the club had a plan to resurrect the women's first team squad began to bubble to the surface.
Returning to present day and like the burning phoenix, a 20-player women's Bobcat squad has risen from the ashes to take their place in the second division competition.
Team coach and an original instigator for the return of the squad, Mick Corbett, said the team's reinstatement had generated a tremendous buzz within the club.
“Even the senior lads were keen to see how we go,” he said.
“At our trial game the other day they came down and had a look and were shouting support for the ladies.”
Corbett said the club had worked for a number of years to rebuild the player numbers needed to return the squad to the field
“We have about four or five back from the last squad,” he said.
“We have some new ones who are looking to play in a ladies competition. We have a couple who haven't played in a while ... with a mix of experience.”
The mix of novice and experience has been infused with one final ingredient which Corbett marked as one of the strong factors behind the push to bring the squad back to life.
“We have a lot of talented junior girls who needed somewhere to go so they could keep playing,” he said.
“That was the method behind our madness.”
With this season being the squad's first in seven years, the objectives are to be competitive while maintaining a high level of enjoyment.
“There is no pressure from me, I can't expect them to be top of the table,” Corbett said.
“I think we can play a good passing game, get round without booting the ball out of the park.
“It is a bit of an unknown ... but I don't think it will be a total disaster.”
“There is no pressure from me, I can't expect them to be top of the table”