Seven Jimboomba Redbacks took on state AFL carnival

A RISING tide of female talent has emerged as a key strength of the Jimboomba Redbacks AFL club.

TALENTED: A number of female Jimboomba Redbacks players competed at the state carnival earlier this month. Photo: Jacob Wilson

TALENTED: A number of female Jimboomba Redbacks players competed at the state carnival earlier this month. Photo: Jacob Wilson

Earlier this month, seven Redbacks competed at the state carnival.

Jayla Hargreaves represented the South Coast team which made the finals and were named runners up.

Redbacks players Ruby Mann, Chelsea Reilly, Chelsea Bidgood and Teagan Dare represented the Metropolitan West team while Ayva Stamatopolous and Ila Streeter played for the South Coast White team.

Ruby Mann won selection for the Queensland team to compete at a national carnival later this year.

Jimboomba Redbacks under 17 girls coach and life member Dave Balmforth said Ruby was a focused team player.

"She is a very good reader of the game. She has great skills and is a great athlete," he said.

"She puts herself in the best position to either attack or defend depending on where the ball is. She is very smart and confident without being cocky.

"It would be easy to say she can kick a ball from 60 metres out but that is not the case. She knows how to read it and what to do when the ball is around her."

The Redbacks have built their army of strong women over a number of years.

Five years ago, the Jimboomba Redbacks had one under 15 girls team with just over 10 players.

This year the under 13, 15 and 17 teams are overflowing with talent and there is the possibility of a senior women's team forming next year.

Coach Balmford said the club was evolving over time.

"The culture and environment of the club makes it successful across the board," he said.

"Success breeds success. If the girls and boys are playing good football than other people want to be a part of that and we get players from other clubs who in the past would have driven past Jimboomba."

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