Ahead of the final minor round of the Barossa, Light and Gawler Female Football Competition Gawler Central’s female teams welcomed a special guest coach to their training session.
Inaugural Adelaide Crows AFLW player Courtney Cramey was on hand as guest coach for the night.
She spoke to the sides saying she has been overwhelmed by the growth of female football, and encouraged the girls to stick with it.
“I grew up with my older brother and I was in the backyard kicking the footy with him and taking speckies off his back and I didn’t think that was going to be a possibility,” she said.
“To be drafted by the Crows and to play (in the premiership) was a dream come true.
“If you want to be there one day you can, you just have to keep working hard and keep playing footy, and I think the most important thing is to have fun.”
Cramey told The Barossa Herald she thought the establishment of the BLG Female Football Competition was a great step forward.
“I think it’s fantastic – we’re seeing leagues pop up here there and everywhere around the country and just the growth of female football has been amazing off the back of the inaugural season of the AFLW,” she said.
“It’s nice to be out here tonight and see more girls playing footy.”
The seasoned defender said she wanted to show the girls there is a pathway from grassroots to the most elite level, adding she could only see the sport continuing to develop.
“When I was growing up I didn’t have role models, so the more that we can get out and about and share our experiences the better,” Cramey said.
“I think the natural growth of (female football) will follow that natural trajectory of what the boys do and hopefully every AFL club is represented and we’re playing in the regular footy season.”