AFL expansion likely in 2018

A game from last season's girls AFL comp. Hopefully next year the comp can expand with two age groups instead of one.

The AFL girls competition held earlier in the year will have the chance to expand into two teams in 2018.

James Sullivan, who coached the girls’ AFL side earlier in the year, said that Narrandera’s ability to expand would be the subject of a meeting this afternoon.

“We’re trying to see if we can get two teams. They want to run two age groups – under 17s and under 13s.

“I know there are quite a few girls that love their sport. I guess it’s very important that we get a gauge of how many people are interested.”

Sullivan said it was important for any interested players and parents to come forward at the meeting.

“We need to know by December 21. If we lock it in we’ll get guernseys paid for by the AFL. If we say we aren’t sure and then confirm in the New Year then we’ll have to pay for them ourselves.”

“If we get an under 13s team we’ll need a coach and support staff. If there’s parents that would like to come and help out that would be good.”

As Sullivan teaches as St Francis College in Leeton, he has already seen a bevy of his students who participated in the AFL this year and are keen to have a go next year as well.

“It’d be ideal to get two teams,” Sullivan said.

The meeting will be held at the Narrandera Sportsground at 5pm today. After-wards the Eagles Football/Netball Club will hold their annual Christmas party, to which the girls are invited.

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