Young female footballers across Lower Eyre Peninsula will return to the field on February 22 for the second Lower EP Youth Girls Football Competition.

    Debuting last year the competition will see three teams, two from Port Lincoln (Kangaroos and Bulldogs) and a combined Cummins/Tumby Bay team (CT Crows) compete in matches at Centenary Oval on Friday evenings.

    All three are expected to field teams in the under 15 and under 18 grades.

    Competition coordinator Quinn Dutschke said organisers were very pleased with how the competition went in 2018 and was looking forward to the start of the new competition next Friday.

    “Registrations opened on February 1 and we have already seen a good number of players register since then,” he said.

    “We were very happy with the interest shown in the first year and we are hopeful that we will see more girls trying out the sport this year.”

    Mr Dutschke said the competition structure was expected to remain as it was in 2018, which would be in a way to facilitate the best opportunity for the girls playing.

    Makaya Bryant played in the 2018 competition and said she was looking forward to returning to the field this year.

    Lhara Lovegrove is one of the new faces in this year’s competition and said it was good to play a contact sport with friends.

    Registration is still open for the competition and organisers are hoping to see more girls try out the sport.

    Mr Dutschke said any girls who are interested were encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

    “It is always valuable when running a sport like this to be able to see strong support, to ensure the competition achieves its potential,” he said.

    Mr Dutschke said Norwood Football Club continued to be great supporters of the competition and fostering women’s football on Eyre Peninsula.

    More information about the competition is available on the Port Lincoln Football League website.

    Article courtesy of the Port Lincoln Times. Written by Jarrad Delaney.

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