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LEONGATHA Football Club’s youth girls
team began pre-season training on Wednes-
day night under coach Kaila Bentvelzen.
Kaila led the team in its inaugural season in
2016 and hopes to build on the momentum
the team gathered as the year progressed.
“We started the season with 13 players and
ended with 23.
“ It was amazing to see how much they had
improved from the start through to their last
“ We hope to continue that development this
Kaila said any girls between the age of 13
and 18 can be a part of the team.
“ You don’t need to have played before or
have great skills because we work on those
“ The girls also love the fitness training that
comes with it.”
If you’re keen for a kick, training is on ev-
ery Wednesday night at the Leongatha Recre-
ation Reserve from 5.30pm.
Kaila, a gun junior footballer with the Par-
rots, is quietly confident the club will have
a senior women’s team up and running for
next year so she too can play in the green
Special General Meeting
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 7pm
Malc McRae Social Rooms, Tulloch
To amend the constitution
Inquiries: Paul Dunlop 0417 310 541
By Kate Mitchell
A LOT can happen in twelve months.
Since the Gippsland Power Girls team took
the field last year, the AFL has launched its
elite senior women’s competition the AFLW
which has become a runaway success.
The elite talent pathway for girls has also
had a major boost with AFL Victoria expand-
ing what was the Youth Girls competition to a
new TAC Cup Girls comp with all 12 TAC Cup
clubs now fielding girls’ teams.
In the same way that Gippsland boys can
be drafted into the AFL, there is now a clear-
ly defined pathway for Gippsland girls to be
drafted into the AFLW.
It’s an exciting time to be a female footballer,
and that excitement is shared by Gippsland
Power TAC Cup Girls coach Scott McDougal.
A long term assistant coach with Gippsland
Power and the Vic Country Under 18 Boys,
McDougal is in his second year of coaching
the Power Girls.
Spend time with him and you will find that
his enthusiasm, positive nature and love of
the game is extremely infectious.
His squad has been training hard since No -
vember and compared to 2016, Power’s first
year in the Girls competition, there has al-
ready been a noticeable improvement.
“ The skill set has improved, and keeps im-
proving week to week, ” McDougal said.
During the preseason Gippsland Power
became one of the first TAC Cup clubs to
train its boys and girls squads together on a
regular basis. It’s something that McDougal
thinks has had a positive learning effect for
“ The intensity level that the boys train at
has rubbed off on the girls. They understand
the intensity at which the boys train.
“ I t’s been good to have the challenge of
something different for the boys too. They
have to react and be more conscientious of
what is happening around them when they
“It’s not all about them it’s about other peo-
ple so it increases their ability to work under
those parameters. ”
McDougal can see that his team is pushing
each other harder than last year.
The added advantage of this increased fit-
ness has been the girls’ ability to concentrate
for longer at training, allowing him to build
on the level of detail in his coaching.
He admits that it is hard to judge the im-
provement in fitness without playing a game,
but the results coming from testing have been
“We had a lot more even beep test results
coming back from the Christmas break this
year than what we did last year so I think the
programs that are in place are getting them
into a good spot.”
With the Gippsland Power Girls season
kicking off this weekend, McDougal is look-
ing forward to seeing his team getting better
with each game, and most importantly, enjoy-
ing their footy.
“We can’t set a ceiling on them for where
they are going to go as we don’t know what the
competition is like.
“We are two years into a program where
some of the other clubs are into their sixth
year, so we don’t really know where we sit. ”
What McDougal does know is that he and
the support staff at Power have done their
best in preparing the girls for the season.
“We really hope the girls show their best on
the day. If they do that then the results really
“The key is playing to your potential, getting
the most out of yourself and enjoying your
footy. That’s what I am looking forward to,
seeing the girls do that. ”
It all starts this Sunday when they take the
field at Frankston against Calder Cannons.
Gippsland Power TAC Cup Girls Squad:
Megan Fitzsimon, Lucy Deller (Bairns-
dale), Tyla Hanks (Beaconsfield), Juliette
Townsend, Ella O’Flynn, Hayley Balmer (Da-
lyston), Samara Beaton (DWWWW), Sara Or-
ton (Hill End), Seanan Trewin (Leongatha),
Holly Whitford, Ashley Jans, Georgia Col-
lins, Amy Dunn (Maffra), Caitlyn Beale, Tayla
Walsh (Morwell), Chandra Abrahams (Neerim
Neerim Sth), Jess Gysberts, Makeisha Muller,
Laura Thompson, Jules Redmond (Phillip Is-
land), Chelsea Bray (Sale), Emily Haeusler,
Lily Van Berkel, Darcy Guttridge, Demi Plun-
kett, Jocelyn Warwick, Nikia Webber (Traral-
gon), Channen Dare (Warragul), Shaye Symes
TAC Cup Girls Round 1: Gippsland Pow-
er v Calder Cannons, Sunday, March 19,
11.30am, Frankston Oval.
Gippsland Power TAC Cup
girls ready for season
• C Grade Division 1
WITH fifth-placed Town pressing hard for a
berth in the finals in C Grade Division One, af-
ter amassing 313 runs in reply to MDU’s 221
the week before, the acid was on the Korum-
burra bowlers to hold Nerrena out in the final
match of the season at the Korumburra Sec-
ondary College on Saturday.
And they did just that.
Korumburra had set the competitive target of
235 the week before and while Ben Croatto was
holding it together for the Red Caps, they were
some sort of chance.
But the wickets came regularly up the other
end with Ash Meade 4/31 off 11 overs and Peter
Churchill 3/55 of 10 showing the way.
Ultimately Nerrena was all out for 150 in
what was a good hit out for Korumburra and
while Town went on to win their match against
MDU at Scorpion Park II in fine style it was all
to no avail with Town missing the finals by two
In that match, a number of Town batsmen
took heavy toll on the bowling; John Pouw 39,
Nigel Hodges 89, Marcus Luscombe 32 and
Luke Kleinert 63 to set up the big score but a
text message from the Korumburra provided
the news that Town was hoping not to hear.
The two other finalists, OMK (top spot) and
Phillip Island (third) played the match of the
day in C1, with the Island setting OMK the use-
ful target of 231 the previous week, only to see
the Diggers reel it in late in the day.
But in reality, Peter Miller had the match in
his keeping as he went on to score his ump-
teenth century for the club, 118 not out to en-
sure OMK continued to hold top place going
into the finals.
What he does in the finals will have a big bear-
ing on the result.
In the other C1 match of the day, Club had no
problem with Inverloch’s target of 107, making
6/207 to go into the finals in good form.
Craig Harvey 56 at the top of the batting or-
der received plenty of support from the likes of
Mitch Davey 30, Emmett Dempsey 25 not out
and Beau Vanagtmaal 36.
Burra bowlers secure
finals berth in C1
• C Grade Division 2
MATCH of the day in C Grade Division Two
last Saturday was between finalists Club and
Glen Alvie indicating there’s some good cricket
ahead in this year’s knock-out finals.
Club batted first the week before and set the
handy target of 232 for Glen Alvie to chase and
while they fell 42 runs short, it wasn’t because
Club was able to bowl them out as the Glen
batsmen stuck stoically to the task.
It was slow going at times, but David Hynes
48, Matt Hull 24, Lachlan McRae 28 not out,
Ben McRae 19 and Matthew Grieve 21 not out
all showed they will be worthy adversaries
when the real games begin.
Club’s bowlers all bowled tightly with Sam
Liddle 2/28 off 14 and Darcy Brosnan 2/18 off
seven the best of them but at no stage did they
have Glen’s batsmen on the run.
In other C2 matches, Phillip Island 175 tuned
up for the finals with a solid performance
against Poowong Loch 163 at Poowong, Killy-
Bass 6/291 easily accounted for Korumburra
162 with little to play for other than bragging
rights and OMK 2/127 won a low-scoring match
against Koonwarra/RSL 92 and 4/174.
Glen Marshall 5/27 off 13 overs was the star
of the day for Phillip Island, supported by Ron
Young 3/24 off 10.3 overs in support, helping to
restrict Poowong Loch to 163, 12 runs short.
Korumburra was certainly up against it, chas-
ing Killy-Bass’ 291 but Glen Barrett certainly
with 87 runs, featuring 13 fours on the fast
Wonthaggi Secondary College Oval.
OMK simply did what it needed to do, and
polished off Koony/RSL’s score of 92 with the
minimum of fuss.
In so doing they lost only two wickets; D Wylie
27, D Elford 32, S Matthews 26 and C Wallker
19; all of the top order getting runs.
OMK held on to second place, equal on points
with Club, the team they will meet in the semi-
final this weekend.
Stubborn Glen Alvie
bats refuse to budge
Coach Kaila Bentvelzen, fourth from right, with some of the girls from the Leongatha
Youth Girls team at their first training session last week.
Leongatha girls kicking on
KORUMBURRA Cricket Club’s junior award winners, from left, back, Luke Zanchet-
ta (U16s coach), Jonathan Bishop (U14 bowling average), Darcy Kemp (U16s batting,
bowling average and COTY), Jamie Petrie (U16s assistant coach), Sam Matthews (U14s
coach); Front, Riley Matthews (U14s batting average), Jason Cue (U14s encouragement
award), Tom Crocker (U16s encouragement award), Ryan Sinclair (most disciplined play-
er). Absent: Mitch Sawyers (U16s fielding award), Simeon Foster (U14s fielding award).
Young Cobras rewarded
INVERLOCH-KONGWAK’S SOS has been an-
swered, with a number of players hopping on
board to boost under 18 numbers.
After a few phone calls, some recruiting by the
club’s players, the Sea Eagles have about 12 play-
ers and is confident of fielding a side this season.
President Bruce Clark welcomed the good news.
“This time last week, it was dire straits but this
week, while it’s still not brilliant, it’s a lot better
than it was and there’s lots more positive vibes
around training,” he said.
The under 18s may need a few players to step
up from the under 16s during the season, but 12
players is a much better equation compared to five
The under 16s have about 14 players and may
call on under 14s to fill the gaps.
The Sea Eagles played a practice match on Sat-
urday against Stony Creek at Tarwin and will play
Seaford this week.
Sea Eagles Thirds survive
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