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Quick pre-season for Falcons Girls

Training has started for the Geelong Falcons Girls ahead of the 2021 season. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

THERE will be no time to waste for the Geelong Falcons as they prepare for an early February start to the 2021 NAB League Girls season.

Training started on Monday night under the watchful eye of new coach Paul Corrigan, who will not only lead the Falcons Girls and Boys squads but will also oversee both genders’ Vic Country teams next year.

“It’s pretty quick. They’ll get three-and-a-half weeks in prior to Christmas,” he said.

“They’ll have a break and return on the 18th of January, and it’s pretty much three weeks again before they kick off Round 1.

“It is a short time, but we’ve spoken with the high-performance (team) and how we get enough footy and high performance into the girls and get them ready for Round 1.

“We think with the Christmas program we give them as well they’ll be fine.”

All of last year’s squad, aside from draftees Darcy Moloney, Laura Gardiner and Carly Remmos, have been invited back, with the age group now under-19.

Among the players carrying familiar surnames in the squad are Charlotte Simpson (daughter of former Geelong wingman Sean and brother of current young gun Sam) and Mackenzie McGrath (daughter of ex-Cats defender Tim).

“With the age group going up for next year, the list came back we had originally for 2020,” Corrigan said.

What we’ll do, too, is talk to local clubs and people out there and try and identify more talent that’s out there, and try and bring them into the program.”

Corrigan confirmed the Falcons Girls would play through February and March before the season pauses for the start of the Boys season.

The Girls will return to play their final round and finals in May.

The Boys will start training next week and complete a fortnight training block before Christmas before returning in mid-February.

“They’ve got a seven-week lead-in to Round 1 when they come back,” Corrigan said.

“That’s ample time for us to get them up-and-going.”

Like the Girls squad, the Falcons have automatically invited back members of the 2020 Boys squad for 2021 who go undrafted.

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2021 GEELONG FALCONS GIRLS PRE-SEASON SQUAD INVITEES

NAME CLUB
Isis Barter Lara
Layla Bosley Geelong West Giants
Caitlin Bottomley Geelong West Giants
Meg Courtney St Mary’s
Tess Craven Drysdale
Elizabeth Dowling St Mary’s
Gabbi Featherston Colac Imperials
Mia Featherston Colac Imperials
Zoe Garth St Joseph’s
Jessica Gray St Mary’s
Kelsea Gray Geelong West Giants
Keeley Hardingham Colac Imperials
Charlotte Hardy Colac Imperials
Taylah Hassett Colac Imperials
Jarrah Hecker Lara
Ingrid Houtsma Geelong Amateur
Millie Johnson St Mary’s
Jessica Kelly Newtown & Chilwell
Annie Lee Geelong Amateur
Tamika Lewis St Joseph’s
Ella Mahoney St Joseph’s
Mackenzie McGrath Geelong Amateur
Analea McKee St Albans
Ava McKeegan Torquay
Taiya Morrow Lara
Poppy Schaap Geelong Amateur
Tamara Sferco South Barwon
Charlotte Simpson St Joseph’s
Kara Stacey Lara
Renee Tierney Torquay
Mia Van Dyke St Joseph’s
Ash Van Loon St Mary’s
Lucy Were Geelong Amateur
Jess Woods Colac Imperials