Local girls aim for Bushrangers teams

By Yarrawonga Chronicle

Four Yarrawonga Pigeons girls have been hard at training with Murray Bushrangers squads for the 2020 season.

Last season’s North East Border League and Pigeons’ Best and Fairest Laura Zanin along with under 16 captain and Pigeons’ Best and Fairest Tayla Sampson (Under 18 squad) and young talented footballers Ava Loughnan and Mia Spiteri have (Under 16 squad) have been training since the start of November in Wangaratta.

The Murray Bushrangers announced the initial squads in late October and the girls have since been competing for the final spots for the 2020 season.

Some 180 girls from across Southern NSW regions, North-East Border and Goulburn Murray were initially nominated by their coaches last season.  At the conclusion 100 of the girls were then chosen to prepare and then participate in AFLW fitness testing components and skills sessions in Wangaratta on October 4.

The list for the two teams was then cut down to around 70 and will be further thinned down to a final squad of around 55-60 before Christmas.

Murray Bushrangers female talent coordinator Briana Cossar has been delighted with the response and level of talent this year.

“It’s fantastic to see so many talented young female footballers emerging within our regions due to the continued growth of female AFL football,” Briana said.

“The talent pool is growing at a rapid rate and players are emerging at younger ages, making selection of the pre-season squad more difficult.”