SANDGATE Hawks' new senior women's team is a pathway for U17 players to continue playing the sport they love.
Women's head coach Jack Mitchell said the club was excited to have a senior women's team for the first time.
"The team plays in the Brisbane Division 2 competition,” Mr Mitchell said.
"It creates a pathway for Hawks U11 to U17 girls' teams; they can now stay at Hawks and move into senior.
"It's a great opportunity for the club and for me. To be part of this is a real honour.
"It's different to men's footy, it's more fun. We're still looking for players, so if any women are interested in a great sport to keep fit and have fun, come down for a run,” he said.
Amy Evans is looking forward to being part of the first Hawks' senior women's team.
"I played for Aspley last year,” she said.
"My son plays for Hawks so I'm glad to be able to play here too.
"Football is marketed as a male-dominated sport. I'm all about getting girls out there having fun and having a go.
"It used to be the end for women in footy after U17s but this means women can keep playing at their local club.”
U15 girls' coach and women's senior player Kellie Hume said there were a lot more opportunities for women in AFL these days.
"I've played AFL all my life and love the sport so it's great to see the sport evolve to include women and give them a chance to play at senior level,” Ms Hume said.
"Hawks started a girls team two years ago; last year we had six girls teams and this year we have a senior women's team as well. It's exciting to be a part of it.”
Senior women's co-ordinator Skye Lubke said her husband and son played for the Hawks and she wanted to get involved.
"It's a family affair for us,” Ms Lubke said.
"It's a great club and so I decided to join the women's team and come on board as co-ordinator.
"The team began training with an eight-week fitness program before Christmas and is looking forward to the start of the season in late April.
"We're still welcoming new players for any women who are keen to join.”
Hawks director of football Chris Ferguson said the girls brought success to the club after only two years.
"Last year our U15 girls team won the Division 2 premiership and even more impressive is most of the girls were new to the sport or had only played for one year,” Mr Ferguson said.
"We're so happy to now have a senior women's team in Division 2. It's a great participation division.
"It's great for women who have played other sports and want to try AFL as well as women who have never played a sport.
"It's a fantastic way to keep fit and no experience is necessary,” he said.
The women's seniors team trains every Monday and Wednesday from 5.30pm; any women interested in joining are encouraged to go along and have a run or just check it out.
Sandgate Hawks is located at 120 Lemke Road, Taigum.
For more information phone Skye Lubke on 0425403373 or Chris Ferguson on 0412134139.
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