The Mudcrabs women’s team plays its first 15-round competition this season starting at Clinton Oval. Raring to go (from left) are: Tracey Anderson, Dani Maddick, Sam Hopkins, Carly Mafrici and Stacey Mafrici.
The Mudcrabs women’s team plays its first 15-round competition this season starting at Clinton Oval. Raring to go (from left) are: Tracey Anderson, Dani Maddick, Sam Hopkins, Carly Mafrici and Stacey Mafrici. Christopher Chan

Muddie girls step up

OUR female Mudcrabs will be busy this Aussie Rules season, playing their first 15-round competition.

Coach Darryl Eilola reckons his girls are up to the challenge. And he'd know. He's been coaching the team for three years now.

"We want the girls' competition to grow. Each club has the numbers to play the full 15 rounds," Eilola said.

Speaking enthusiastically of her teammates' prospects, Mudcrab Carly Balkin said: "It's a huge boost for the sport and a step in the right direction for the league.

"This is how many rounds the men play, so it is a huge push for women's AFL and women's sport in general."

Balkin conceded it would be tough, but like her coach, she was optimistic.

"It will be challenging as in the past we have only ever played five rounds with a five-round break and then a further five rounds at the end of the season."

The Muddies will show Yeppoon what they've got in today's 5pm game.

It's the girls first official home game of the season.

"We can't wait for our game this weekend against the always-tough Yeppoon," Balkin said.

Eilola pinpointed two new players to watch: ruck Sally Moreton and rover Renee Anstee.

The men's reserve and A-grade matches will play at home at 12.30pm and 2.15pm respectively.



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