Calling all budding young footy players

Call-up: Casey Haydon, Maddie Van Til and Lily Van Til are keen to play AFL again this year and are encouraging other girls to give it a go.

Call-up: Casey Haydon, Maddie Van Til and Lily Van Til are keen to play AFL again this year and are encouraging other girls to give it a go.

The Blue Mountains Kangaroos are on the hunt for more girls who love their footy, so they can enter an under 12s team in the Greater Western Region Youth Girls AFL competition.

The club put up an under 15s team for the first time last year to great success.

Two Kangaroos players Casey Haydon and Lily Van Til were selected on rep teams to play in a state competition late last year and Casey played in the grand final.

They made new friends and were keen to play again this year, and are encouraging other girls to give it a go.

“I couldn’t kick a ball before. But in a couple of games I got a lot better,” Lily said.

“Playing in the rain is fun. We got smashed a lot but we never gave up,” Casey said.

“It’s not as physical as you might think it is. Girls aren’t allowed to tackle to the ground.”

Lily’s sister Maddie is also signing on for another year.

“You get to meet a lot of people and get fit,” she said.

Club president Danny Croucher said another 6-10 players were needed in both the girls under 12 team and the girls under 15 team to enter the competition.

Mr Croucher said the AFL was keen to build a pathway for girls to safely continue the sport into teenage and later years.

The club is holding a ‘come and try day’ on February 12 and 19 from 9.30am – 11.30am at Tom Hunter Park in Faulconbridge. All girls and boys are welcome.  Visit bluemountainskangaroos.com.au for more info.

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