Bulls hope to pull in region’s aspiring footballers

Cameron NewboldGreat Southern Herald
Katanning sisters Georgia, Mikaila and Sheridan Kowald are part of the Bulls women’s team.
Camera IconKatanning sisters Georgia, Mikaila and Sheridan Kowald are part of the Bulls women’s team.

Mt Barker Football Club are hoping to draw on the wider Great Southern region to attract more players to join their women’s side as they prepare to compete in the Great Southern Women’s Football League for the first time.

Mt Barker and Denmark-Walpole will join an expanded GSWFL competition this year and already, the Bulls have struck up a connection with Katanning.

The Bulls have five players from Katanning in their squad and are hoping that number will increase in the future after making the trip to Quartermaine Oval last Friday night.

They held a training session in Katanning and enjoyed a meal at the Wanderers Football Club afterwards.

Sisters Georgia, Sheridan and Mikaila Kowald, along with Jenna Blight and Tahlia Ladd are the Katanning players pulling on the Bulls colours this season.

Bulls coach Brad Hook said the club was looking to recruit players from the broader Great Southern area to ensure their women’s team can be a long-term prospect.

“As far as I’m aware there is no women’s competition up in Katanning,” he said.

“Being Mt Barker we are always light on for numbers and there is five of them in our squad of 23 all up so that is almost a quarter of our team.

A Mt Barker Bulls women’s training session.
Camera IconA Mt Barker Bulls women’s training session.

“It’s fantastic they are quality players and without them we’d be struggling.

“We are looking to find girls around Tambellup, Gnowangerup, Jerramungup and those areas that want to play.”

Hook said the club was looking to hold a couple of training sessions in Cranbrook to assist the players travelling long distances to be a part of their side.

“We are thinking about training in Cranbrook a couple of times to help those girls,” he said.

“We have to, this is such a great thing and these girls have so much enthusiasm.

“We don’t want this to be a one-off, we want to pull from these areas and keep our team going for years.”

The GSWFL has six competing teams playing a 10-round regular season and then a three-week finals series.

The Bulls start their inaugural campaign against Railways at Sounness Park on Friday, January 31.

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