Loyalty is a key contributor to building strong and sustainable football teams and clubs which is why Caboolture’s new female AFL teams should be around for a long time to come.
The head coach and juggernaut behind the club’s new teams, Monique Lepri, has her footballing roots firmly planted at the Lions after starting her playing career there 16 years ago.
Monique signed up with Caboolture in under 8s with her dad serving as team coach.
She played with the club until under 14s before being forced to head elsewhere to continue her playing career.
Over time, her passion and commitment to AFL has been recognised with representative honours, awards and a premiership.
Now Lepri is ready to give something back to the club and sport that she enjoys so much by spearheading a women’s franchise for Caboolture.
Monique hopes that in 2013, the Lions will be able to field a women’s team to compete in the south-east Queensland women’s league as well as youth girls under 15 and under 18 teams.
The Caboolture club is hoping that their experienced coach (Lepri) as well as the solid growth of women’s AFL throughout Queensland will be a catalyst in attract female players to the club.
AFL Queensland Female Programs Manager, Julia Price said Caboolture would be a welcome addition to the league, particularly under the tutelage of Lepri.
“It’s great to see women, like Monique, who are passionate about football getting behind the game and helping it to grow,” she said.
“There are more opportunities now for women and girls to continue with their football and the addition of a Caboolture team would be great for the area.”
The Caboolture Lions are currently seeking expressions of interest in female teams in the women’s, under 18 and under 15 divisions for the 2013 season.
Interested players should contact Monique on 0411 392 358.