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Female Footy Recruiting

Female Footy Recruiting

More players needed across all age groups

As preseason kicks off, female clubs in the AFL North East Border competition are urging local girls and women to join up.

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After 2020 stopped the season in its tracks, clubs are working to build their teams back up to their full numbers again before the first round on Sunday, 11 April.

"Some clubs are experiencing slow numbers in particular age groups," says League Operations Manager Matthew Elliott.

"Clubs are definitely on the lookout for new players, and also welcoming back returning players as well."

There will be eight teams in the league this year, after the Wodonga Bulldogs was added to the fixture. They will be competing for the premiership flag against the Yarrawonga Pigeons, Alpine Lions (based in Whorouly), Lavington Panthers, Murray Felines (based in Rutherglen), Thurgoona Bulldogs, Wangaratta Rovers and Wodonga Raiders.

There are also now three age categories, after Under 14s was added to the existing Open Women's and Under 17s.

He says there are many highlights for the season ahead, but mostly they're just keen to get playing.

"Potentially the biggest highlight on the horizon is round one," he says.

"After being away from football for so long now, I think everyone is just keen to be able to get out there in an official competition game, and play some football."

To ensure strong numbers for the season ahead, Mr Elliott is encouraging local women and girls to get on down to a training and have a kick.

"There's a lot of great people at the clubs, they're all very welcoming, the clubs are all very inclusive," he says.

"It doesn't matter if you've played before and had some time off football, or if you would be brand new to the game. If you're thinking about doing it, I would say now is a great time."

Find out more info at aflneb.com.au/AFLNEB-Female-League.

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