Women’s team don the Magpie colours

PLAYERS at the Glenorchy Women’s District Football Club can now call themselves true “Magpies” after being presented with the official black and white guernseys.

Handed over at the season launch in late April, the guernseys will replace the former Glenorchy Storm white and green jumpers the women’s side had previously been wearing.

Glenorchy women’s coach Craig Grace said wearing the official Magpie colours would ensure the female players felt a part of the club.

“We felt that now was the right time to truly align ourselves with the Glenorchy Magpie brand and hope the community will get behind what is an exciting time for female sport in the local area,” he said.

“It means everything to be recognised as Glenorchy players in the traditional jumpers and will assist in getting the club’s many supporters behind us.

“The girls are extremely excited to be wearing the colours this season and will take great pride in representing the Glenorchy community each time they wear them.”

Established in 2014, the Glenorchy Women’s District Football Club comprises a squad of 32 players, including 28 senior players and four rookies.

In the past two-years, the women’s side has assisted the Claremont Junior Football Club in creating four all-girl teams.

Mr Grace said female participation in AFL had grown by more than 400 per cent over the past 18-months and was continuing to increase at a rapid rate.

“The Glenorchy Football Club has embraced this growth and fully supports the development of a Glenorchy women’s team in a statewide league,” he said.

“On the back of the success in the inaugural AFL Women’s competition, we have had new players contacting us on a weekly basis, which is exciting.

“We’ve also seen a lot of talented players coming from netball, soccer, basketball and cricket backgrounds give AFL a go and developing into very good players in a short period of time.”

Mr Grace also thanked the club’s generous sponsors who had come on board to support the women’s team.

“Sponsoring women’s sport provides a unique opportunity to reach out to a different market than your traditional men’s team and we really appreciate the support,” he said.

“The team is always looking for new sponsors, both major and in providing weekly awards, so we encourage any interested parties to contact the club.

“We also welcome any new players and can facilitate anyone interested in getting involved with either the Glenorchy, Claremont or Claremont junior teams.”

For more information or to express your interest, contact Craig Grace on phone 0481 381 472 or email cgrace024@iinet.net.au.

Caption: Glenorchy Women’s District Football Club members, from left, Brieanna Barwick, Meg Jacobs, Craig Grace (coach), Sandy Eaton (captain), Rachael Siely and Janelle Rattenbury.