ORGANISERS of Warrnambool’s youth girls’ football program hope to have enough players to take on country rivals next season.
Ambassador Alicia Drew yesterday outlined a goal to have Warrnambool play Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and Mount Gambier in one-off matches in 2014.
But Drew conceded more teenagers had to come on board if those behind the program were to succeed in their ambition.
“The biggest issue we have is that girls who play football are naturally sporty,” she said.
“Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, they’ve already got other things on.
“Once they realise there’s a pathway, they decided to take it further.
“It’s a thing we struggle with, getting it to the forefront where they give up other sports.”
Drew was among football identities who celebrated the end of the youth girls’ season at a function at Deakin University’s community hub on Timor Street yesterday.
The function included a presentation of a framed jumper and team photo to Deakin University head of campus Professor Gerry Quinn.
The university was a major sponsor of the youth girls’ program in 2013, a partnership which is likely to continue in 2014.
Drew, in her first year as ambassador, said Warrnambool had girls represent Hampden at the V/Line Cup in April.
They also took part in an AFL 9s match during half-time of the Geelong-Fremantle clash at Kardinia Park in June.
Monday night development sessions at Reid Oval attracted about 10 regulars.
“I’d love to have an official team that plays in a competition, but I think we’re a little way off that,” Drew said. “But, say we aim for three or four scratch games, so one against Geelong, one against Bendigo, one against Ballarat, one against Mount Gambier.
“That’s something we’ll discuss in the coming months.”
Quinn said the Warrnambool youth girls’ football program was “a wonderful initiative”.
“Deakin University is very proud to support this and we hope we can continue supporting it in the future,” he said.