Committee invite registrations to 2019 Barossa, Light and Gawler Female Football competition

Bigger teams and bigger playing fields are anticipated for this year’s The Co-op BLGW women’s football competition which kicks off on Sunday, April 7.

Senior action from the 2018 BLGW Football grand final in June with Taryn Wills (Barossa Blues) attempting to smother Emma Keys' (Panthers) kick. Photo: Michelle O'Rielly

Senior action from the 2018 BLGW Football grand final in June with Taryn Wills (Barossa Blues) attempting to smother Emma Keys' (Panthers) kick. Photo: Michelle O'Rielly

The changes are being brought in due to popular demand from the players, says BLGW committee member Natalie Seaman.

“This is something that the players have wanted since the first season and we are confident that the competition is now at a stage where this is possible,” Ms Seaman told the Herald last year.

Heading into the sports’ third season for the region, she said it’s now up to the girls to register their interest with an affiliated club and to encourage their friends to do the same.

“Most clubs have now started their training in preparation for the new season,” she said.

In late January the committee again met to discuss details on the introduction of an U11s side – open to those aged 9,10 and 11 years.

“The main aim of the younger age group is to provide junior female players with an opportunity to play football with their own sex and learn the skills required for AFL football in a fun and supportive environment,” Ms Seaman said.

This means the competition will now cater for girls and women from the age of 9 through to the senior age group. The U11s will play on one third of a field and the U14s on two thirds of a field.

Most clubs have now started their training in preparation for the new season

BLGW committee member Natalie Seaman

During September last year, The Co-op BLGW committee members agreed to U17s and Senior Womens moving to a 16 a side, full field competition providing player numbers are sufficient.

Women’s football will again run for nine weeks with matches played on Sunday mornings and fixtures will be released soon.

Once again The Barossa Co-op and Barossa Herald will sponsor the event.

To register your interest contact a club nearest you:

Angaston – Keith Jamieson – 0414 714 074 – Angaston.fc@chariot.net.au

Barossa District – Tegan Bahnisch – 0409 677 055 – ctbahnisch@gmail.com

Gawler Centrals – Jo Glazbrook – 0407 392153 – football.womens@gcsc.com.au

Kapunda – Adam Butcher – 0411 488 412 – Kimbutcher79@gmail.com

Nuriootpa – Matt Gerlach – 0407 622 636 – mattygerlach73@gmail.com

South Gawler – Sarah Pagington – 0433 001 479 – pagyts@internode.on.net

Tanunda – Natalie Seaman – 0438 178 989 nataliejoy68@hotmail.com

Willaston – Belle Gray – 0413 519 933 – shaunbelle@hotmail.com