Women gearing up for footy debuts

Plenty of women will be playing their first footy games this weekend, as the new Queensland Women’s Amateur Football Association (QWAFA) kicks off.

Created with the view to providing clubs a chance to lay the foundations for their women’s teams and develop players in a more social environment, the competition will include UQ, Caboolture, Western Magpies, Zillmere and Ipswich.

The QWAFA underpins the newly established QWAFL competition, which is the state’s premier senior league.

The competition will play with reduced team numbers, with the aim to introduce players into the game and improve their skills and understanding of Australian football.

Western Magpies football director, Peter McClennan, said his club was thrilled to be able to field a  women’s team, after its previous team folded a number of years ago.

“All the players are really excited for their first game this week,” he said.

“We’re really glad to see numbers at training after a lot of hard work to get a women’s team back up and running.

“They’re looking forward to putting on the jumpers on the weekend and playing a game.

Caboolture hosts UQ at the Moreton Bay Regional Sports Complex on Saturday at 5:30pm, while Zillmere hosts the Western Magpies on Sunday at 10:45am and Ipswich has the bye.

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