Jimboomba Redbacks on the hunt for senior women's team

THE Jimboomba Redbacks are on track to form a senior women's AFL team in time for to play in 2020.

VISION: The Jimboomba Redbacks is aiming to form a senior women's team for the 2020 season. Photo: Jacob Wilson

VISION: The Jimboomba Redbacks is aiming to form a senior women's team for the 2020 season. Photo: Jacob Wilson

For this vision to become reality, a minimum of 25 players are needed ahead of next year's season.

This comes at a time of unprecedented success, with the under 13, 15 and 17 junior women teams sitting at the top of the ladder for the current season.

Assistant female coach David Balmforth said the Redbacks did not want to lose the existing talent pool in coming years.

"(Player) numbers in the women youth groups are either full or overflowing," he said.

"Half of the under 17 girls will be too old to play next year and we want to keep them at our club and give them a team to fall straight into at the Redbacks.

"There are about 11 girls who will have to go up next year and we don't want to lose anyone. It has been one of our strengths that we haven't lost too many players as they have gone through the ranks at the Redbacks.

"They know each other well and have developed a good bond and culture."

Redbacks women players including Jayla Hargreaves, Ruby Mann, Chelsea Reilly, Chelsea Bidgood, Teagan Dare, Ayva Stamatopolous and Ila Streeter have competed at state carnival level.

Balmforth said the Redbacks had met five out of six requirements to pave the way for a senior women's team.

"Our facilities are good, our culture is perfect, we are financially strong and our grounds and lighting are great," he said.

"The criteria we are trying to meet is numbers. We are almost there and just need to tick that last box."

Anyone over the age of 18 who is interested in playing AFL at a competitive level can take part in trial training.

People are welcome to express interest at Glenlogan Park on Tuesday or Thursday nights from 5.30pm.

For more information email jimboombajuniors@aflbj.com or call 0457 092 476.

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