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Football the future for females

More girls are choosing to play football, a trend which Fremantle forward Jack Hannath supports.

Hannath was on hand at Booragoon Football Club on Monday night to help run a clinic for two under 10’s female football teams.

The 24-year-old remembers only ever lining up against one girl in his junior football days but says it’s pleasing to see the number of girls playing footy increasing.

“It’s great to see the girls down here, in a male-dominated sport like footy it’s really pleasing to see so many girls participating down here,” Hannath said.

“Auskick makes it easy for both girls and boys to get involved and it’s great to see more competitions popping up allowing girls to get involved.”

One of the coaches down at the training clinic was Tyana Johnson who said her players' eyes lit up when they heard the Fremantle Dockers were heading down to coach a training session.
 
Tyana currently plays for East Fremantle and was selected to be a part of the WA State 18’s squad and her aim is to be drafted into the women’s AFL.

The 17-year-old started playing football in under 10’s, and was the only girl in her team.

“I always liked contact sport, I didn’t like sitting back. I liked running around the oval and kicking the ball, that’s why I chose footy,” Tyana said.

Being heavily involved in football, Tyana was at Domain Stadium when the WA women’s football team defeated Victoria just over a fortnight ago.

“It was really amazing, it was the first time they had beaten Victoria so it was such an inspiration to watch them to run out there,” she said.

“There is a really good vibe throughout women’s footy at the moment and I’d encourage women of all age to come down and have a kick.

“It’s a really fun environment and everyone is really friendly, so there’s nothing to loose in having a go.”

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