Atyeos team up for BLGW 2018

Angaston tough nut Gypsy Atyeo (right) will be looking to play senior women's football with her mother Melinda in BLGW 2018.
Angaston tough nut Gypsy Atyeo (right) will be looking to play senior women's football with her mother Melinda in BLGW 2018.

Coaching your child can be one of the most rewarding jobs a parent can take on, but what about playing alongside them?

Fathers have been known to play a game or two with their sons, likewise mothers have hit the court with their daughters.

Now with the introduction of women’s football in the Barossa, via The Co-op BLGW, many expect to see more mother/daughter combinations tearing up the turf.

Moculta’s Melinda Atyeo, 38, and her 14-year-old daughter Gypsy are hoping to be one such combination.

Melinda is new to the sport, despite her father Dean and husband Craig both playing at amateur level.

The mother of three grew up playing basketball for the Truro Takers and only started following AFL and the Adelaide Crows five years ago.

She quickly learnt the ins and outs of the game and decided to give coaching a crack when her son Heath’s Angaston under nines needed a mentor.

Melinda Atyeo and her daughter Gypsy are keen to give seniors football a go for the 2018 BLGW season.

Melinda Atyeo and her daughter Gypsy are keen to give seniors football a go for the 2018 BLGW season.

Gypsy had a stellar year playing for the Panthers in 2017, named second best for her team during the under 14s grand final.

Melinda said her daughter, also coming from a basketball background, was a natural with the ovular ball.

“I thought she was quite good,” she said.

Gypsy and a few of her Angaston juniors teammates are keen to play seniors football in 2018, and Melinda said it might be fun to run around with her daughter.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve played sport, so I’ll play if they need the numbers,” she said.

“I’ll play if it means three (Angaston 17-year-olds) Charlotte Spence, Bethany Lange and Aspen Wood get a second chance.

“It would be unfortunate for them not to continue on.”

Melinda said she doesn’t quite know what to expect for senior women’s football in the Barossa, but hopes it will be a lot of fun.

“I think it will be a little more relaxed, not as fiercely competitive (as BLGW juniors),” she said.

“But there is a competitive streak in most of us.”

The BLGW is hosting three come and try sessions, Sunday, February 11, at South Gawler Oval, February 18 at Williamstown Oval and February 25 at Tanunda Oval.

Each session will run from 9am to 10.30am and is aimed at players aged 10 to seniors.

Barossa Herald will proudly continue as the BLGW media partner in 2018.