Marlins use off-week to give others a try of AFL

A good collection of ladies and children tried their hand at AFL with the Marlins women’s team.
A good collection of ladies and children tried their hand at AFL with the Marlins women’s team.


NELSON Bay Marlins offered up their last weekend training session before finals, in the interests of developing the sport in Medowie.

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Coach and Player Lauren Cooper told News Of The Area “The weekend was free for us as we finished second on the ladder, so first and second didn’t have a game, with only third through to sixth place playing off over the weekend.”

“So we thought it would be a nice change of scenery for the team to have a training run in Medowie, and help to promote the sport even more.”

Several Medowie ladies and a number of children joined in the training session, with many more watching on.

“What was great was all the kids that were willing to have a run around with us in the end.” Lauren said.

Of particular mention was a junior female Medowie player, Maddy Jewell, who caught the eye of the Marlins senior women’s team.

Maddy currently plays for the Under 11’s Port Hunter team, and impressed the Marlins girls with her skills, and passion for the sport.

The Marlin girls remarked that they hope to see Maddy and many more like her as future players for Medowie youth girls,
Lauren remarked “Myself and Sophie from my senior team are currently coaching the bay youth girls and the biggest recruitment is the girls bringing their friends along, same as for the seniors”

“Hopefully in the near future we will be able to have successful local derbies in both the youth girls and the Seniors women’s teams,” she added.

You can catch the Nelson Bay Marlins women’s team in their semifinal match on Saturday 19 August at Dick Burwell Oval at Nelson Bay at 4:30pm.

The girls have shown their willingness to support Medowie AFL, and it would be great to show them our support if anyone would like to head along to watch.


By Rachael VAUGHAN

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