For the second year, the SMJFL will be represented by an Under 16 girls interleague squad that will be coached this year by Laura Kane.
Laura is currently an assistant coach with the Sandringham Dragons girls squad, who is under the guidance of Jackson Kornberg, who coached the Under 16 girls interleague team last year in their debut season.
“Jackson has been great for my development as a coach and is the person who got me involved with the South Metro Stars. He coached the team last year and said I would be a great fit in the role, so it all came about from there.”
Laura is no stranger to representative carnivals, having herself played in the first ever girls interleague carnival representing the Western Region. From tackling the boys in junior footy, Laura then moved onto youth girls footy and became a player-coach at Melbourne University. Laura has now moved into a committee role, at Melbourne University, becoming club President.
The girls in the squad will be in good hands with so much coaching experience on Laura’s CV. She has also coached Collingwood Football Club Reclink community team, the AFL Youth Girls Kickstart Indigenous Team before her current role at the Sandringham Dragons, which is one of six TAC Cup teams with an affiliate Youth Girls squad.
Bridget Barker and Rosie Dillon will assist Laura in the role with all women knowing each other and already having chemistry.
Bridget is the current Sport and Recreation Coordinator at North Melbourne Football Club and head coach at Melbourne University where Laura is President, while Rosie is an ex Youth Girls Vic Metro player who also works closely with Laura and Jackson at the Sandringham Dragons as a development assistant coach.
“It’s great for us to give the girls some exposure to TAC cup quality training and playing style. It will help the girls with their development enormously and we can’t wait to get started”.
Like last year, the South Metro Stars are one of four teams who will compete in the Championships. We will have one team representing our league while the other teams represented are South East Juniors and two teams from the Yarra Junior Football League.
The competition will be played out in round robin format, with each team playing everyone once, with the winner being crowned by who finishes with the most wins and if equal the highest percentage.There will be no Grand Final.
As with the boys competition’s, the Championships will take place across separate days during the season with the first match to be played on Wednesday 27th May before concluding on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, with matches on Saturday 6th June and Monday 8th June. Both home games on the long weekend will be played at Moorleigh Reserve in East Bentleigh, while the Wednesday game venue will be decided closer to the date.
An information night will be held for the girls on Tuesday April 14 ahead of their first training session on Thursday April 23.
More information and contact details can be found on the Interleague tab at the top of the page.