Monday 12 April 2011

Female participant numbers on the Sunshine Coast are sky-rocketing courtesy of the Jonathan Brown Cup schools competition.

The numbers of teams involved in the nine-a-side high school competition have mushroomed from seven last year to 23 this season.

“Female football is growing in leaps and bounds in the region. The bonus is that the teams are all strong and there is a healthy level of competition,” said AFLQ schools coordinator Sarah Hopkins.

Competition manager Julia Price and locally based development officer Dayne Frew have played lead roles in encouraging schools and girls to play in the Cup competition.

“There are more girls wanting to learn the game and feedback tells us that they view the nine-a-side game as the perfect vehicle to start in,” Hopkins said.

“We will be working hard to help them progress from there.”

The pool games have been completed in the Sunshine Coast zone with the finals to be contested early in Term 2.

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