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Benalla, Euroa to gauge interest in forming women’s sides

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February 08, 2017

Benalla is a near certainty to enter a female side into the joint Goulburn Murray/Bendigo league to be formed this year.

The Saints had planned to start a women’s team next season, but senior coach Luke Morgan said the move was pushed forward after the successful opening round of the AFL Women’s competition.

‘‘We’ve had some unbelievable interest early and it looks like Benalla will be fielding a side this year,’’ he said.

‘‘We were thinking about involving one in the club and we originally planned to start one next year, but after the weekend what better time to do it?

‘‘The weekend was brilliant and it’s something we’re getting on the front foot with.’’

Benalla does not have a youth girls competition in its junior league, with players including Vic Country representative Rebecca Webster forced up to Shepparton to play.

The Saints were looking to have an information session in two weeks’ time and Morgan said interested players from neighbouring towns and clubs were welcome to attend.

While Benalla was looking to create a senior team, Euroa has the formation of a youth girls side in mind.

The Magpies will gauge the levels of interest at a meeting next Wednesday as they hoped to gather enough under-18 girls to form a side.

In anticipation of a team, the club has already found a coach in Maddi Kindellan, who was involved in the creation of the first female football team in Bendigo.

She was named the Victorian Women’s Football League’s best first year player in 2011, before winning consecutive premierships with the Bendigo Thunder in 2012 and 2013.

Last year Kindellan assisted the coaching of Euroa’s under-12s and has also had a hand in mentoring youth girls sides in Bendigo.

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