The 2019 AWFA senior women's season gets under way on Sunday and many are predicting a changing of the guard. Albury City will have plenty breathing down their neck for a shot at the league and cup title. The Border Mail's Beau Greenway assesses the six clubs.
Coach: Scott Broadway
Last year: 1st
Key player: Bridget McDiarmid
Young gun: Georgina Cominos
Losses: Sally Lynch, Amy Martin, Montanna Mathews, Zoe Jackson, Emily Hitchens
What the coach says: After some losses in the off-season it will be a really good year to rebuild and bring through some of our junior and reserve girls. The ladies are really looking forward to enjoying their football.
Coach: Adam Burchell
Last year: 2nd
Key player: Leanne Branson
Young gun: Mia Calder
Gains: Marlen Sundermann, Georgie Zacks
Losses: Bella Gigliotti, Christina Mancuso
What the coach says: I feel the six teams participating will be evenly matched, therefore making it competitive. This year will be a prime example of developing our younger players.
Coach: Tony Cigana
Last year: 3rd
Key player: Mel Crorken
Young gun: Abbey Collins
Gains: Naomi Roberts, Alicia Beer
Losses: Zarlie Goldsworthy, Molly Goldsworthy, Lisa Cary, Piper Lockley-Hinchen
What coach says: Losing our young guns is huge, but happy that they have gone to pursue their dreams. We will be relying on our depth to get us going this year. I think we will give a fright here and there.
Coach: Josh O'Farrell
Last year: 4th
Key player: Isabella Barbaro
Young gun: Maggie Duck
Gains: Lilly Kennedy, Isabella Barbaro, Samantha Mackinnon
Losses: Samantha Menz, Gracie Wilson-Cooper, Rachael White
What the coach says: We have covered our losses well with three new recruits. We hope with consistent game play and competition for spots, with 32 registered women, we can be a top contender.
Coach: Adam Waters
Last year: 6th
Key player: Chelsea Ehlers
Young gun: Johanna Ratnik
Gains: Blair Rankin, Karina Kovacs, Georgia Taylor, Chloe Timms, Mel Wilson, Dom Cole
Losses: Andrea Baldwin, Vicky France
What the coach says: Pre-season has been the best in years with a lot of numbers to training and games. Positive the girls can get some great results this year.
Coach: Steve Kusic
Last year: Not in seniors
Key player: Kayla Gorka
Young gun: Jasmyn Adams
Gains: Kayla Gorka, Emily Hitchins, Mariah Tischler
Losses: Lauren Antonello, Ella McFarlane, Jaz Whytlaw, Zara Duncombe
What the coach says: Looking forward to having Boomers in the senior ladies comp again and rebuilding a side for the future of Boomers and women's football.
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