Tegan's wait is over

Barossa District women's footballer Tegan Bahnisch is cheered on by her children Cody, 11, and J'aime, 7. Photo: Steph Konatar
Barossa District women's footballer Tegan Bahnisch is cheered on by her children Cody, 11, and J'aime, 7. Photo: Steph Konatar

After sitting on the sidelines all her life mother of two Tegan Bahnisch explains “it’s my turn now.”

It’s safe to say she’s super excited to have a run around with Barossa District for the inaugural The Co-op BLGW senior women’s football season.

“I’ve waited all this time and finally it’s here for me to play,” Bahnisch said.

“I’ve always been interested in football, but I could never play… I’m looking forward to it.”

The 38-year-old has been involved with Barossa District for roughly 30 years after her brother Justin Green started playing for the Dogs as a teenager.

She met her husband Chad at the club and has done everything from canteen to scoreboard, runner, trainer, and she was even the president of the junior football.

The now president of Barossa’s female football said Williamstown Oval has almost become a second home.

“I’ve been here a long time… it’s like I live here sometimes,” Bahnisch said.

“I’ve just been here to do whatever needs doing.”

Barossa District already has a senior side lined up, consisting mostly of strong club people and premiership-winning coach Alex Arthur has signed on to lead all three sides in 2018.

Bahnisch, a former basketballer, said she’s not too sure about her skills with the ovular ball, but just hopes to have a bit of fun with some Dogs faithful.

“I’m just hoping people like me who haven’t had a chance to play get a go too,” she said.

“There are lots of club people playing who have played netball, they always would have played football, but they never could.

“We have a heap of fun at training and Alex (Arthur) is so supportive.”

Bahnisch has been involved at the Bulldogs most recently with her 11-year-old son Cody, who is in his fifth season at the club, while seven-year-old J’aime will pull on the boots for her first season in 2018.

She may not have a lot of faith in her abilities, but her children think Bahnisch will dominate.

“She’s going to hammer them all and she’s going to take a hanger,” Cody said.

“I think she’ll do alright,” J’aime said.

The Dogs, who are on the lookout for sponsors, will host a come and try day on Saturday, February 18, from 9 to 10:30am at Williamstown Oval.

Meanwhile, the final session will be held at Tanunda Oval on February 25.

To register your interest please head to https://femalefootball.wufoo.eu/forms/q1usk4id03etecm/.

In other BLGW-related news, whispers floating around suggest Sarah-Jane Jameson will be pulling on the boots, but the area’s ‘Jill of all sports’ would neither confirm or deny these rumours.

Jameson, a BLG umpire and state level cricketer and baseballer is sure to star in the BLGWs second season.

Sarah-Jane Jameson.

Sarah-Jane Jameson.