Bloods commence new female football program

Terang Mortlake footballer Nathan Jones takes some of the Bloods’ new female squad through their paces during the opening training held at D.C. Farran Oval.

TERANG Mortlake’s first ever female football team training was a raging success with a strong turnout of interested players last Wednesday night.

The inaugural come and try training run was followed by an information session at Mortlake’s D.C. Farran Oval and was run by Bloods premiership player Nathan Jones.

He said 21 girls trained, while a further three were apologies, with the numbers a strong sign for the Bloods’ newest side despite its infancy.

“Numbers are pretty good (so far),” Jones said.

“I was sort of hoping for 15 but to get more than 20 was a bonus.

“A lot of them were Mortlake based but hopefully we can get more Terang, Lake Bolac and even Derrinallum girls involved.”

Jones said the idea of training before Christmas was to see if they could attract players that could then spread the word to their friends over the holidays in the hope they could build their numbers upon return.

He said the session mainly focused on exposing them to basic skills and enjoying the game, while a bigger focus will be placed on refining the specific aspects when training restarts.

Jones and a number of others are helping the team in the beginning, with the appointment of a coach still forthcoming.

Alison Kenna has taken on the role of team manager, but Jones is hopeful there are more volunteers, supporters and even sponsors wanting to get involved and help build the club’s first female team.

Jones said training is expected to recommence in early February, while any new, interested and current players are urged to keep up an eye on the club’s Facebook page for any further details.

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