Historic double-header headlines Coburg Senior Women’s inaugural practice match schedule

By Julia Montesano

The Coburg Senior Women’s Team is excited to take the field for the very first time this year in four blockbuster practice matches.

Kicking off on Friday the 12th of March, the Lions will host West Brunswick Football Club at Sir Doug Nicholls Reserve at 6.30pm. After that, Aberfeldie will travel to Sir Doug Nicholls Reserve on Friday the 19th of March at 6.30pm. The following week will see the Lions make the trip to Warringal Park to play Heidelberg on Saturday the 27th of March at 10am. Lastly, and perhaps the most exciting game of the lot, will see Coburg travel to Frankston Oval to face Frankston at 10.30am on Saturday the 3rd of April. The reason this game is so exciting is because it will be the first time Coburg’s Senior Men’s and Women’s sides play in a double-header, with the Men set to take the field after the completion of the women’s match. Coburg Senior Women’s Coach, Liam Cavanagh said the team was already excited about what’s set to be a massive occasion for the club in its 130th year.

“Even just talking to the girls about it, it’s quite funny, we feel like we’re already very much living the nostalgia, which we’re really excited for,” he said. “Even though we haven’t played against Frankston, it’s really cool to play against a team that’s in the same scenario as us with Men’s in the VFL and Women’s in the South East Women’s Football Competition. That’s going to be an awesome day and it’s on Easter Weekend as well. It’s going to be a great momentum builder heading into round one.”

As far as the other opponents go, Cavanagh said West Brunswick, Aberfedie and Heidelberg all had formidable elements to their games.

“West Brunswick had 90 players come through their roster this year. That’s really exciting, not just for us to play against, but also women’s footy in general. It’s good to see those kinds of clubs still kicking around. We absolutely want to test ourselves against the best and we think they’re one of them. They’re well-coached and they’re in the premier division of the VAFA,” Cavanagh said about West Brunswick.

“They’re an incredibly strong club. They had two teams up and running in 2019 and won the premiership. They’re very well-coached and have been the best team in the EDFL for a couple of years,” Cavanagh said about Aberfeldie.

About Heidelberg, Cavanagh explained; “We’re excited to play them. They played off in a grand final in 2019, so they’re a really good team in their competition which goes with the theme that we want to be playing the best sides and learn as much as we can from them,”

Given how established each of these opponents are, Cavanagh said the biggest aim for these pre-season games will be to simply learn as much as possible.

“If we were a team that had been established for a while, I’d be almost hoping that we lose,” Cavanagh said. “But given that we’re a new side, we do want to get some confidence up and get some continuity in our footy early to give us some confidence for the season ahead, because this group has never played together before. The flip side is we also want to learn as much as we can from the first three games, and if that means failing, then that’s part of the process. The more we learn from those three games, the less it will cost us when we’re actually playing for points.”

Cavanagh said Lions fans should be excited about the calibre of players in the club’s Senior Women’s team, who are raring to go for each practice match.

“We’re really excited about our midfield,” he said. “Bailee Said will be rolling through there. She’s had an interrupted pre-season, but her last few weeks have been really, really strong.

“Our half-back line will consist of some very talented players. We’re really excited to see how Lauren Sims, Abby Glascott and Mia Muscat rebound. Up forward, we have Alana Wenban, who is traditionally a back but has a lot of ability when it comes to contests, she’ll be a great forward to watch.”

At this stage, the club is unsure about whether crowds can attend these practice games due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. However, we will keep you updated on this situation as it evolves.

Full Coburg Senior Women’s 2021 practice match schedule  

Game 1: Coburg v West Brunswick

Sir Doug Nicholls Reserve, 2 Watt Street, Thornbury

Friday 12th March


Game 2: Coburg v Aberfeldie

Sir Doug Nicholls Reserve, 2 Watt Street, Thornbury

Friday 19th March


Game 3: Heidelberg v Coburg

Warringal Park, 2 Beverley Road, Heidelberg

Saturday 27th March


Game 4: Frankston v Coburg

Skybus Stadium, Frankston

Saturday 3rd April

10.30am (men to follow at afterwards)

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