Local girls join in Canberra AFL youth girls carnival

Two Cooma high school students joined over 120 other young female AFL footballers in the first ever NSW/ACT AFL Youth Girls Carnival played in Canberra on the weekend.

Jess Sergo and Elizabeth Barnes, supported by the Cooma Cats AFL Club, played for the Tuggeranong Hawks youth girls team in the competition which saw teams from Canberra, Wagga, Sydney and the Illawara come together for a celebration of AFL Youth Girls football.

AFL Youth Girls football is for teenage girls aged 13-18 years of age and is full contact, competitive AFL football for females.

The Cooma Cats are planning on fielding a youth girls team in the Canberra AFL competition next year and are looking for interested girls to join Jess and Elizabeth in what is one of the fastest growing female participation sports in Australia.

The AFL Canberra Youth Girls competition runs in throughout winter with games played on a Sunday morning.

Jess has a strong background in local rugby union with the Cooma Red Devils while Elizabeth has been playing for the Calwell Swans in the Canberra AFL junior competition for a number of years.

Both girls enjoyed the carnival on Saturday which saw them play four games in a round-robin competition.

"It was great to get involved in a game that is fast and fun," Jess said.

"And it was great to be able to play against girls from all over NSW," added Elizabeth.

The Cooma Cats are grateful to the Tuggeranong Hawks for allowing Jess and Elizabeth play in their side for the day.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the Cooma Cats Youth Girls Team for 2013 can call Cooma Cats Youth Girls coach Rob Barnes on 0425827130. The Cooma Cats Youth Girls team welcomes any interested girls aged 13-18.

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