Youth Girls Mix It With Big Cats

Three lucky Sunshine Coast girls recently had a close encounter with a Tiger, a wombat, a macaw, a 25kg python and a pride of Lions.

Brisbane Lions Jonathan Brown, Josh Drummond and senior coach Michael Voss joined three lucky Sunshine Coast female footballers at Australia Zoo as part of their Community Camp promoting the new Sunshine Coast Under 15 Youth Girls Competition.

Molly O’Dwyer, Sophie Wheeler and Brianna Noel from Noosa JAFC, Nambour & Hinterland JAFC and Coolum Beach JAFC respectively all got to promote their club’s inclusion in the new competition set to start in mid April.

AFL Sunshine Coast Juniors has had 10 out of 11 clubs express an interest in hosting a youth girls team for the 2012 season. 

After the success of the seven-year long competition in Brisbane, Under 15 Youth Girls football has now expanded to Cairns, Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast in 2012. 

“There has been such a great response from secondary school girls around the state, particularly on the Sunshine Coast where they have started dominating a lot of our SEQ School Competitions, that we had to provide that avenue for girls to continue their football experience,” AFL Qld Female Programs Manager Julia Price said.

This year the girls also have the opportunity to represent their School Sport region at the Inaugural 16 years & under School Girls Invitational to be held in Brisbane on 21/22 April.

“There are plenty of opportunities for girls to follow their football dreams and go on and play for their region or state in Australian Football. I am expecting a lot of girls from club football will start to fill out our representative programs in the near future.  It’s a very exciting time for girl’s football.”

For more information on the Sunshine Coast Under 15 Youth Girls Club Competition please contact Casey Cubis at 

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