Vulcans' players Ella Kidman and Jemima Forsyth watch on as teammate Lana Johnson tries to break through a Brunswick Heads tackle.
Vulcans' players Ella Kidman and Jemima Forsyth watch on as teammate Lana Johnson tries to break through a Brunswick Heads tackle. Andrew Kidman

Girls gear up for footy evolution

THE Murwillumbah Vulcans’ girls junior Aussie Rules team is making giant strides ahead of the upcoming season, after a 2015 trial season showed the impact females can have on the game.

Embracing one of the fastest growing women’s sports in the country, the Vulcans’ female footy heads are blitzing on the track and have a premiership for 2016 firmly in their sights.

Vulcans coach Andrew Kidman said the team, who would play under-13s this year, had developed out of sight after playing six trail matches in 2015.

“Last year they didn’t know much about the game as they’d come from different sporting backgrounds, but they loved it,” Kidman said.

“This year, I’ve noticed the improvement across the board and they’re all more skilled.

“They’ve all learned the rules and to see the improvement is incredible.”

The side has been training hard and sweating it out over summer, making their mark with their improved fitness.

Kidman said standards had been excellent, with the girls inspiring improvement across the entire club .

“It’s obvious how much they’ve loved being out there and they’re really embracing the training,” Kidman said.

“At the end of training, everyone comes together and we have a big match, and the girls play against the boys.

“Some are more skilful and fitter than the boys, who strive to beat the girls and vice versa and it really drives standards.”

The girls’ side currently has around a dozen girls and are hoping for more ahead of the season opener on April 3.

Kidman said any female interested in playing is welcome to come down to training.

The club also hopes to field an under-11s side for 2016 and requires numbers.

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