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GIPPSLAND Power’s youth
girls’ team will take on Gee-
long Western for its first match
of the AFL Victoria Youth
Girls Academy Challenge on
February 21 at the Frankston
Football Club ground.
Five of the Dalyston Football
Netball Club’s youth girls’ team have
been selected as has Leongatha’s Al-
Alison, an umpire with the South
Gippsland Umpires Association,
and all five Dalyston girls including
Dayle Egan, Rose Coombs, Mol-
lie Bloch, Ally Kershaw and Emma
Volard have been attending the
Gippsland Power youth girls’ Acad-
Chelsea Caple AFL Gippsland’s
football development manager and
the team’s strength and conditioning
coach praised Gippsland Power tal-
ent manager Peter Francis and head
coach Leigh Brown for their support
of the team and the proactive way
they have gone about integrating the
girls’ teams with the facilities and re-
sources at the club.
Ms Caple said the Gippsland
Power Youth Girls Academy and
the Bendigo Academy were the only
teams to have been fully integrated.
She said, “It is a credit to Peter
The future is looking full steam
ahead for girl’s football with the im-
minent launch of youth girls’ teams
in both Leongatha and Phillip Is-
The Youth Girls Academy Chal-
lenge is the first opportunity female
players aged 15 to 18 years have to
showcase their development and test
themselves against other talented fe-
males in different regions; it will see
some of Victoria’s best female foot-
ballers in action.
The eight TAC Youth Girls Acad-
emies will be divided into two pools
to compete in the round-robin com-
petition over six weeks.
Gippsland Power is in the south-
ern pool with Geelong Western,
Sandringham Dragons, Dandenong
Stingrays while the northern pool
is made up of Bendigo Pioneers,
Calder Cannons, Murray Bushrang-
ers and North Ballarat Rebels.
Of the 20 matches played in the
tournament, 11 of the first 12 games
will be held throughout regional Vic-
toria to showcase local talent to the
AFL clubs North Melbourne,
Richmond and the Western Bull-
dogs will also host matches, with the
grand final scheduled to be played at
Punt Road on March 28 at 5pm on
Established in 2008, the growth
of the TAC Youth Girls Academies
has been significant, rising from 24
players in its initial year to more than
350 this season.
AFL Victoria Female Develop-
ment manager, Chyloe Kurdas said
the Youth Girls Academy Challenge
is the next step for players wanting
to further their football careers to the
“The quality of talent and the de-
sire of girls to compete at this level
of football over the last couple of
years have been extraordinary.
“The event not only provides
players and staff with the oppor-
tunity to put what they have learnt
into practice, but also gives them a
chance to gain match day experience
at a high level, and showcase their
development to State team selectors
prior to May’s AFL National Cham-
“The Youth Girls Academy Chal-
lenge acts as an equivalent Under 18
State League for young women, so
we hope we get a lot of support in its
Gippsland Power Youth Girls is
coached by Scott McDougal who is
assisted by Troy Makepeace, Brett
Sheriff and Nikki Schroeter in a
clear sign AFL Victoria is throwing
a lot of heavy weight behind the de-
velopment of girls’ football.
THE Leongatha Cy-
cling Club’s monthly
meeting at the RSL
Club will discuss
changing the name of
If the idea has enough
support a special general
meeting will be called for
March to enact the change.
Friday night’s meet was
another quiet evening of
racing, however, those pres-
ent had great conditions for
In the one lap time trial
there was only one rider to
post a new personal best and
that was Oliver McLean who
put in a really hard training
session on Wednesday night
and was still a little tired on
In the Seniors Austin
Timmins was quickest at
31.12 which was a great ef-
fort as he had school swim-
ming on earlier in the day.
Next was Dylan Adams
at 33.56 followed by Dane
Herbert at 34.98 who was
battling a groin injury. In
the Juniors it was Mclean
35.38 followed by Josh
Wight 40.2 and Kaleb Jans
Nick Blogg in his first
race night clocked 48.40.
Dad Michael put in a
The scratch races fol-
In the Senior eight lap
event it was steady pacing
early on and in the bunch
finish it was Timmins win-
ning from Kevin Feely and
McLean was racing in
the Senior field and was a
In the Junior four lap
race it was Wight who lead
out after the bell but he was
unable to hold out against
Nick Blogg took third.
The Juniors had some
one lap handicaps.
In the first in a very close
finish, Wight (20) won from
Jans (scr) and Blogg (80).
In the re-handicap it was
Blogg (110) getting the win
from Jans (scr) and Wright
As we did not have
enough for holders for the
Seniors they were given a
novelty teams scratch race.
The team of Adams, Feely
and Herbert took out the
race from Timmins, McLean
and Michael who could not
get their tactics right.
The Seniors followed up
with an elimination race and
the surprise first rider out
In a closely contested
race it was Timmins winning
from McLean and Feely.
The last races for the
evening were some sprint
In the Juniors it was Jans
winning from Wright and
Blogg who was starting to
get the feel of racing by the
end of the night.
In the Seniors Timmins
took no chances against
Adams as he answered
the challenges in the last
In the other heat, Feely
made a move before the
bell and opened up a win-
ning lead over McLean and
Cycling action: Josh Wight, Kaleb Jans and new rider Nick Blogg competing
in the Junior four lap scratch on Friday night at the velodrome.
Name change proposed
Power girls take on the Cats
Five of the best: from left, Ally Kershaw, Emma Volard, Mollie Bloch, Rose Coombs and Dayle Egan
from the Dalyston Youth Girls’ have been selected to play for Gippsland Power in the inaugural AFL Vic-
toria Youth Girls Academy Challenge. Absent: Alison Mancarella.
A NEW look Leongatha Junior
Football Club has emerged ready
for the 2016 season.
The club’s players will wear the same
jumper design as the rest of the Parrots
and all junior sides will contest the Cen-
tral Gippsland Junior Football League
Mick Hanily has taken over the presi-
dent’s role from Darryl McGannon, as-
sisted by secretary Tim McGrath.
The club will field two sides in each of
the Under 10, Under 12 and Under 14 age
groups, allowing Leongatha’s junior sides
to play each other in a local derby.
This spectacular day of footy will be
held on Saturday, April 16 at Leongatha
Recreation Reserve when the other Par-
rots sides take on Wonthaggi.
All junior sides will play in the Central
Gippsland competition, with the club no
longer to field junior teams in the Alber-
ton league after Alberton altered its age
“It makes sense for us to be all in the
one league,” Mick said.
“It is more in line with the senior
league and we want to have that two year
age gap so the young children can learn.
“Every child is going to get a game
every week, rather than having top age
children all the way through.”
All coaches positions are now vacant
and anyone interested is invited to contact
Mick on 0417 311 756.
The club thanks VicHealth for pro-
viding a grant of $3000 towards the new
Players wishing to register with the
Parrots are invited to do so online at:
www.foxsportspulse.com and then go to
the Parrots’ page.
Under 14 training will start on Thurs-
day, February 25 at 4.30pm at the senior
ground. Please arrive by 4.15pm, ready to
start training at 4.30pm.
Under 10 and 12 training dates to be
Proud Parrots: from, left, Leongatha
Junior Football Club president Mick
Hanily and committee member Dar-
ryl McGannon with the jumper junior
players will now wear. Mr McGan-
non is vice president of the Central
Gippsland Junior Football League.
Parrots juniors soar to new heights
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