THE Murray Bushrangers celebrated the launch of its 2019 season with a training day and jumper presentation on Saturday, where the women’s U18 and Futures Squad were announced.
Female talent coordinator, Briana Cossar said, “More than 80 young females from across the region have participated in the elite level football training program over the past three months. This has included AFLW testing components and intra club games throughout the pre-season program to ensure players have both the football and athletic attributes to perform in the elite U18 competition.
“A special thank you to all the girl’s parents for their dedication, commitment and sacrifices in getting the girls to training each week.”
The squad of 52 players includes 23 ‘Futures’ (U16) players and is represented by 18 clubs from across the North East Border, Goulburn Murray and Southern NSW regions.
“This highlights the strong growth in community football programs and dedicated coaches and volunteers who all help provide a terrific platform, developing the girls into football players and preparing them for the elite football program we provide,” Cossar said.
New Bushrangers coach, Tim Madden said, “It was a very difficult selection process with the high standard of players and credit to all the girl’s junior football clubs for developing the girl’s football skills.”
The team is preparing for their round one match against Northern Knights at RAMS Arena, Craigieburn on Saturday, March 2.