Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Under-17 Vipers Make Presence Felt at State Carnival for Women

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Under-17 Vipers Make Presence Felt at State Carnival for Women

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AUSSIE RULES: One of the fastest growing participation sport in the country is women's AFL.

And if the AFLQ Women's Under-17 State Carnival held in Brisbane over the weekend was anything to go by, that trend does not look like slowing down.

In Mackay, 2014 marked the first season with a week-to-week women's competition. The interest and passion shown for the game surprised AFL Mackay, coaches and spectators too.

Building the game's grassroots is hugely important and Mackay is set for a great future in women's AFL with the Under-17 Vipers representing the region performing admirably at the weekend's state carnival.

Assistant coach Vanessa Creeley said the girls played tough, hard footy in very hot conditions.

"All of our girls played well. Some matches we didn't have a full squad but nobody ever stopped trying or dropped their head," Creeley said.

Jordan Smyth was a standout across the weekend, with Lauren Bella also toiling hard in the ruck for the five-match carnival. …

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