Women in spotlight at Festival of Football

Female football will take centre stage at the Moreton Bay Festival of Football on Saturday.

The Caboolture Lions women’s team will take on AFLQ School of Excellence, Narangba State High School, as part of the official launch of the Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex –AFL Precinct.

With thousands of spectators expected through the gates on the day, the match will give the women a brilliant stage upon which to show their stuff.

The Lions are in their second year of existence, led by coach and former state player, Monique Lepri, and will be excited to demonstrate their improvement after a strong pre-season.

Narangba Valley SHS became a school of excellence in 2004, and was the first in the state to have female participants.

Their talented footballers will have the chance to test themselves against the fledgling Lions, in what is sure to be a great display of female football on Saturday.

AFL Queensland Female Programs Coordinator, Breeanna Brock, said the development of the new facilities had already had a positive impact on the Lions, and Saturday’s match would only help grow this.

“Since they’ve moved to the new facility, their numbers have almost doubled from last year,” she said.

“These are more inclusive facilities and that has already helped the club bring more women in to play and they have become a really important part of the Caboolture Lions football club.

“We’d love to see the Lions become a hub for female football in that region, with a full player pathway right from U12s to seniors.”

The women’s match starts at 1:15pm, shortly followed by the AFL practice match between the Brisbane Lions and Sydney Swans.

The Moreton Bay Festival of Football will showcase matches from community football and the NEAFL, and the day will include the official opening of the Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex – AFL Precinct.

Off the field, the day will include plenty of activities for kids and adults alike.

For ticketing information, head to www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/burpengaryafl

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