Footy excitement builds

Chloe FraserBusselton Dunsborough Times
Busselton Magpies are gearing up for the inaugural SWFL women’s competition.
Camera IconBusselton Magpies are gearing up for the inaugural SWFL women’s competition. Credit: Chloe Fraser

Following the success of this year’s inaugural AFL women’s competition, the South West Football League is set to follow suit with six women’s teams taking the field in the SWFL women’s competition next weekend.

Busselton, South Bunbury, Bunbury, Carey Park, Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault and Harvey Bulls have all entered teams in the inaugural women’s SWFL competition which kicks off on Saturday, April 15.

Teams will take to the field in a round robin preseason carnival this weekend, marking the first time female footballers have officially played under the SWFL banner.

Magpies women’s coach Matt Grosse said the team was scheduled to play three games throughout the round robin carnival before playing their first game of the season on Sunday, April 16.

“They’ve been so excited and great from the very start,” he said.

“It’s great to see them getting out there and finally having a run.”

Grosse said while some team members had never played football before, the creation of a women’s competition under the SWFL banner also created an opportunity for women to extend their love for the sport past their teenage years.

“They don’t usually get to keep playing after 13/14 usually, so this gives them that opportunity,” he said.

Captain Kylie Gibbs said the team was excited to be part of the first women’s competition.

“We had our first scratch match on Saturday and that was the first time we’ve been out on the oval together,” she said.

“We’ve learnt heaps from the weekend that we will practice and we’re all focused on getting fit and just sticking to the plan we’ve got and having fun.

“I just wish it had have happened 10-15 years ago.”

The Magpies will compete in the preseason carnival at Hands Oval on Sunday, April 9, before taking on Harvey Brunswick-Leschenault in round 1 on Sunday, April 16.

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