By Michael Roberts | posted on August 21, 2020
NASTY text messages and sneering comments won’t stop the Great Southern’s next generation of female footy stars realising their dream of playing footy at the top level.
Going against the ‘norm’, four young teenage girls are mixing it with the 16s boys this season in the Great Southern Football League and they’re proving they can more than match it out on the field.
Talented forward Skye Cordon is running out for North Albany this winter, while young gun Bree Davy pulls on the jumper for Royals each week.
Dynamic Albany Sharks duo Marlee Ashton and Amarlie Weinert round out the small contingent of girls looking to take their skills to the next level in a bid to one day play AFLW.
Footy organisations are often labelled ‘boys clubs’, but these young guns obviously didn’t get the memo.
Some did, however, receive a number of anonymous messages telling them they didn’t belong in a male competition.
Ashton said a few people had told her she should stick to playing in the women’s league.
“They said no one wants me to play with the boys,” she said.
“It made me pretty uncomfortable and upset but I wasn’t going to let them stop me. But I reckon we are better than half of them.”
Davy’s presence around a group of boys also took some getting used to, saying it was frustrating when coaches would say they didn’t want a girl on their team.
“It was a bit awkward at the start but now they are more accepting about it,” Davy said.
“They shouldn’t underestimate us because we are girls.”
While breaking down gender stereotypes has been a challenge for some, Cordon said she had loved every minute playing a faster brand of football.
“The guys have been really good,” she said.
“They’ve been really nice and accepting.”
Weinert, who has been playing in boy’s teams for years, said she was used to dealing with the doubters.
With this year’s GSFL women’s competition finishing early because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Weinert said playing through the winter would keep her fit for the summer competition.