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Hoping to end hiatus

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January 11, 2018

Tatura rising: Tatura Soccer Club is hopeful of returning to the women's soccer ranks after a two-season hiatus, last playing in 2015. Pictured is Tatura's Louisa Trazzera.

Tatura Soccer Club is looking to revive its female section.

The Ibises are this year aiming to field a women’s team for the first time since 2015 with the help of interested players from the area.

That 2015 Goulburn North East Football Association campaign yielded just one draw and zero wins from 12 matches, but senior men’s coach Sean Grant said simply getting a side on the park for this year’s Bendigo Amateur Soccer League season would be beneficial.

‘‘You want as many people in your club as possible, especially as Tatura’s not as lucky as the Shepp clubs in being close to everything,’’ Grant said.

‘‘It will be good to get as many grades as possible to get more players into the club and more volunteers to help out and be involved.’’

Grant is only new at Tatura himself and said anyone keen on joining the outfit would be embraced with open arms.

‘‘The club has been very welcoming, they’ve made me feel like I’ve been here for years,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a real family-based club and a great environment.’’

A training session will be on tomorrow night from 6.30pm at Howley Oval and Grant said players of any age or ability were welcome to come along and have a go.

‘‘We’re looking for local girls who want to have a kick around and a bit of fun playing soccer,’’ he said.

‘‘At this stage it’s basically if you’re good enough, you’re old enough, but obviously if we get lots of girls we can look to work something out around age groups.’’

If the Ibises were to return to the field in the women’s ranks, they would become the 11th team in the competition, challenging other regional teams Shepparton United and Shepparton South and facing outsiders Epsom, Moama-Echuca Border Raiders, Eaglehawk, Strathdale, Colts United, Spring Gully United, Golden City and Swan Hill.

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