Taking on the AFLW

Tackle: Ebony Marinoff breaks a tackle in an Adelaide vs Geelong. Photo: Peter Argent.
Tackle: Ebony Marinoff breaks a tackle in an Adelaide vs Geelong. Photo: Peter Argent.

The women’s footballers of the Mid North are keen to replicate the stars of the Adelaide Crows AFLW team including Erin Phillips, Chelsea Randell and Ebony Marinoff.

With the SANFL’s recent announcement of record growth of 30 per cent in overall female participation which climbed to 61,545 in 2018, and female club registrations in SA jumped by 92 per cent between 2017 and 2018, with almost one in eight club players now women.

South Australian National Football League CEO Jake Parkinson said the association was doing more than it had to develop football in SA. 

“The SANFL is doing more than ever before in terms of developing and growing football in SA, from grassroots to the elite level, and these latest participation figures are a key indicator of the effectiveness of this increased investment,” Mr Parkinson said.

“This growth continues to increase demand on resources for all facets of our game, such as facilities, umpiring recruitment, coaching accreditation and league administration – a challenge SANFL meets for the benefit of football across SA."

“To reach over 200,000 participants is a testament to the volunteers, coaches, school ambassadors, umpires, administrators and officials involved in our leagues and clubs across the State.

“Football clubs are at the heart of local communities throughout our regions.

“They play a vital role in bringing people together, encouraging physical activity and supporting healthier, more connected lives through the enjoyment of footy.”

The Mid North Women’s Football League (MNWFL) is a glowing example of that and started its 2019 season last Friday evening, February 22, with an eight team senior competition – Brookies, Roosters, Mid North Rockets, Lions, Ports, Sollys, Tigers and Joeys – participating across five minor rounds and culminating with a finals evening on Friday March 29.

Handball: Erin Phillips handballs in traffic - Adelaide v Geelong. Photo: Peter Argent.

Handball: Erin Phillips handballs in traffic - Adelaide v Geelong. Photo: Peter Argent.

There are also three under 16s teams – Roosters, Lions and Ports – competition in a stand-alone junior competition as well.

Mid North Women's Football League spokesperson Jacinta Huxtable said the league had been asked to showcase the League at the JLT Port verses Crows Showdown match on this Saturday, March 2.

“The match will take place directly after the AFL match has concluded.

“Our players are from all around the region including Crystal Brook, Hammond, Wilmington, Wallaroo, Orroroo, Gladstone, Port Pirie, Port Augusta and Wirrabara, just to name a few.

“We have over 170 female football players registered into the League.”

Matches continued this Friday night in Crystal Brook beginning at 6pm.