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Strong response for ID Day

Some of the 150 women who took part in last year’s Geelong VFL Talent ID session. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

ORGANISERS of this Saturday’s AFL Barwon Women’s Come & Try/Geelong Cats and Geelong Falcons Talent ID Day have been staggered by the interest shown by budding female footballers.

Close to 250 registrations – which closed last Friday – have been received for the session to be held at Deakin Unversity’s Elite Sports Precinct at Waurn Ponds.

“We’ve had many more registrations than I ever thought we would,” AFL Barwon Development Officer Katie Geerings said.

“I thought there were would be a fair bit of interest, especially with Geelong announcing their AFL Women’s team for 2019.

“But I didn’t quite expect we’d get over 240 registrations.”

Geerings says the session will involve a range of drills where those who have registered can test their skills.

Of those, around half have signed up for further testing with the Cats in the hope of being invited to trial for spot on the VFL list.

“Some will just be there for the first skills session, and then some will also stay on for the (Cats) testing,” Geerings said.

“All the clubs that will be having teams will also be there to hand out information and for anyone to talk to them.”

Geerings is heartened by the interest shown ahead of the launch of next year’s inaugural AFL Barwon Senior Women’s league, with the majority of the 12 clubs to be there on Saturday.

“It really is good to see so many people,” she said. “I guess it’s a bit of an unknown moving into the new competition of how many people want to play.

“So it’s given me a pretty good indication that there are a lot of people out there who do want to play, and I would expect that with the AFL Women’s season next year, more people who watch that will also want to play and join in later on.”

AFL Barwon is confident the 12 clubs who have put their hands up to be part of the first year will have no problems fielding a team.

“So far it’s looking pretty good, and considering the season won’t start for another 4½ months, then I think we’re in a pretty good position,” Geerings said.

“At this point we’re looking at something between 14-16 rounds, but a final decision won’t be made until we see how many teams we get.

“It is a bit of an unknown at the moment.”

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