Local girls to contest football carnival

As passion for women’s Australian Rules Football reaches unprecedented levels, girls from across the Mid North will converge on Snowtown for the 2017 Central Zone Female Football Carnival this month.

PASSION: Katie Lindner, left, of Peterborough, Port Pirie's Casey Broadfoot and Jana McKeough and SANFL's carnival organiser Craig Oliphant.

PASSION: Katie Lindner, left, of Peterborough, Port Pirie's Casey Broadfoot and Jana McKeough and SANFL's carnival organiser Craig Oliphant.

The carnival on June 18 will see under 14 and under 17 players from the Northern Areas Football Association, North Eastern Football Association, Barossa Light and Gawler Football Association, Adelaide Plains Football League and Yorke Peninsula Football League compete in 10 matches.

SANFL Regional Football Coordinator for NAFA and the Spencer Gulf Football League Craig Oliphant is the carnival coordinator and said the event has attracted girls from around the Mid North.

Girls from Jamestown, Peterborough, Port Broughton, Wirrabara, Spalding, Quorn and Orroroo are set to compete at the carnival. 

Oliphant said that he had never seen such strong interest in the female game.

“We held a clinic session with Erin Phillips and Chelsea Randall from the Adelaide Crows’ AFLW side in Port Augusta and we had more than 100 girls of all ages come for a kick,” he said.

He said that Come and Try clinics at Crystal Brook and Kadina had strong numbers.

“Female football is taking off around the state so we are trying to give them an avenue to play some more games,” he said.

“We have found that regionally there is no avenue for girls after junior colts so we are trying to create pathways for girls to play more football.”

The event will be the first time that Northern Areas Football Association has been involved in the carnival with players set to compete under modified rules.

Matches will consist of two 12-minute halves, a smaller field and on-field teams of 12 players with an interchange of three.

The format will see the carnival finished in a day.

Limited spots are still available for the carnival.

Interested players are encouraged to contact Craig Oliphant on 0428 851 978. 

We held a clinic session with Erin Phillips and Chelsea Randall from the Adelaide Crows’ AFLW side in Port Augusta and we had more than 100 girls of all ages come for a kick.

SANFL Regional Football Coordinator Craig Oliphant.

Who knows – tomorrow’s champion women footballers may be among the enthusiastic athletes who turn out for Snowtown’s regional carnival?