by S Lowe for 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow
South East girls, Sarah and Jessica Allen presented Wattle Range Council with a pink football in recognition of council’s financial support. The two female AFL enthusiasts thanked council for supporting their sporting careers and encouraged continuing support for female AFL saying they have travelled thousands of kilometres to matches including trips to Melbourne, Darwin, Shepparton, and Adelaide over the past three years and are extremely grateful for council’s on-going assistance. Mayor Peter Gandolfi presented Sarah and Jessica with further financial support to assist with their travels.
South East girls Sarah and Jess Allen travelled to Australian Youth Girls Championships female’s football in Mandurah WA recently with father Keith. It was Sarah’s final year in U18s. She was Captain, the team won the pool B grand final, she was best & fairest for carnival, won match ball for best player in the final & named in All Australian team. Jess has two more years in this age group.
The squad was named in December and they have trained on Sunday mornings at AAMI stadium. The final side of 26 was selected in March. There was also a 3 day camp at West beach during the holidays as part of their preparation.
Sarah and Jess have played in the same side a few times before:-
• In the Under 16s Adelaide 2012 – Megan, Sarah & Jess. Under 16s Darwin 2013 – Sarah & Jess (Sarah – B & F for carnival, selected All Australian)
• Under 16s Sydney 2014 – Jess (Jess – vice captain, selected All Australian) (Sarah attended as a player mentor)
• Under 18s Shepparton 2013 – Megan & Sarah. Under 18s Canberra 2014 – Megan, Sarah & Jess (Sarah – All Australian) Under 18s Mandurah 2015 – Sarah & Jess (Sarah – Captain, B & F for carnival, Best player in GF & selected All Australian)
South East female AFL is played at Vansittart Park at 1 pm on Sundays. The comp is open to all females over 14. Players wishing to nominate should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The goal for Female Football AFL is to have a National Competition by 2017 and a Professional National Competition by 2020.
Read more about Sarah and Jessica in a previous story on wattlerangenow – https://wattlerangenow.com.au/2015/05/13/south-east-gir…-in-female-afl