Back: Shakia Wilson-Bandy, Amalea Lawrence, Arabella Marsh, Tyana Johnson (coach), Chloe Hogg, Charlotte Gibbons, Jade Jerome
Front: Janinda Wilson-Bandy, Gabrielle Gibbons, Holly Brisbane, Jessica Creighton, Ellie Suriano
Absent: Alicia Fogwill (Inset), Lee Lawrence (Team Manager), Tim Gibbons (Assistance Coach), John Marsh (Assistant Coach)
This was the first year of an “All Girls” team at Booragoon Bulldogs playing in the Under 12 Girls Competition, with the large amount of pre-season interest the club was able to create 2 well rounded teams ahead of the 10 round competition. I was not initially the Whites Team Coach, but was approached by the President when the team fell short of a coach as my younger sister was training in the team (and watching me kick the footy with her before the first few weeks of training). The White team had girls from Years 3-6 of all abilities, some who had never played before, some who just kicked a footy with their older brothers through to some who had played Auskick.
A highlight of the season was a visit from the Fremantle Dockers along with 2 woman’s AFL draftees (Brianna Green and Jessica Woosha), the girls got to play a game with the Dockers players, ask questions and have items signed.
We had our very own Booragoon Derby’s against the Girls Booragoon Blue Team, these were always fun. The team developed well throughout the season with everyone’s range of skills improving significantly, even the cartwheels and handstands I encouraged after kicking many goals every game as celebration.
Also on our last game I invited Caitlyn Edwrds, East Fremantle’s Youth Girls Coach to come and watch their last game and the incredible skills they had learnt, she was mighty impressed.
Special thanks to Tim Gibbons and John Marsh who were my Assistant Coaches and my Mum Lee who put her hand up for Manager they all put in an huge amount of effort in throughout the season, I couldn’t of done it without them.
And the ongoing support of the parents and families (even the brothers and sisters) throughout the entire year, from helping out with water running to goal umpiring and bringing fruit for the girls at half time, your efforts definitely didn’t go unnoticed and were greatly appreciated.
Tyana Johnson (Coach)