By Julia Montesano
In a historic step for the Coburg Football Club, the Lions have signed their first two female players ahead of their inaugural women’s team running onto the field in 2021.
Strathmore star Mia Muscat and Richmond VFLW talent Madeleine Edwards have put pen to paper for next year, joining the Club’s coaching staff in the make-up of the team.
Not only has Muscat spent the past four years at Strathmore under the watchful eye of current Coburg coach Liam Cavanagh, but she also had the opportunity to join the Calder Cannons program, highlighting her potential as a Lions leader.
Edwards possesses similar qualities, having played a handful of games for Richmond’s VFLW team after coming across from the Whitehorse Colts in the Yarra Junior Football League (YJFL).
On top of that, she also spent some time at the Eastern Ranges, developing her craft in one of the state’s most elite programs.
With both players and most of the state missing out on a year of football, Edwards and Muscat are keen to get started at Piranha Park in 2021.
“It’s such a good environment to be in,” Edwards said.
“I’m looking forward to making friends and improving my footy. I think it’s a really great club in that aspect.”
“I’m looking forward to being a part of a club that wants to help me improve,” Muscat said.
“There’s no pressure on me to be a star just because I’ve already signed. The coaching staff want us to learn from them and use them as resources. It’s amazing that we have such good support already and it’s only the beginning.”
With Edwards having experience in elite programs like Richmond and the Eastern Ranges, she is looking forward to passing on some tips to some of the newer faces at Coburg.
“It’s going to be good to meet some girls, be able to teach them some new things that I learned last year,” Edwards said.
“I still want to keep learning because there’s always more to learn. I’m looking forward to meeting the girls that haven’t really played much footy. That will be really exciting.”
The idea of having a Coburg women’s team once seemed far-fetched but is now a reality.
Since asking for expressions of interest to be a Lion in 2021, the club has received overwhelming interest from women far and wide who want to be a part of the family environment that is Coburg.
This is something that Muscat in particular has picked up on, having been through the journey of growth in women’s footy over the past four years.
“Next year is going to be massive for us,” she said.
“We’re starting small but going big. We’re going into the season with a positive mindset.
“Women’s football wasn’t big back then but it is now. It’s awesome to be able to bring women’s football at Coburg to life.”
Just like Mia and Maddie, you too can commit to the club by becoming a member in 2021 by heading to https://coburgfc.com.au/membership-2021-2/
Purchase your 2021 Coburg FC Membership today.