Giants expanding as youth girls team confirmed for 2018

BATHURST Giants will grow in size by at least one team in the 2018 Central West AFL season with a youth girls side confirmed for next year’s competition.

Thanks to a mix of new recruits and juniors coming through the ranks the Giants have achieved the numbers to add themselves to the junior girls competition.

The club are yet to confirm a place in the open women’s competition for 2018 but the Giants have already received expressions of interest from over 10 people so far in getting a senior side up and running.

PREPARATION: The Bathurst Giants' pre-season is in full swing. The club is aiming to build on its encouraging 2017 peformances across all grades. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

PREPARATION: The Bathurst Giants' pre-season is in full swing. The club is aiming to build on its encouraging 2017 peformances across all grades. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

Giants men’s coach Mark Kennedy said it’s been an encouraging pre-season for the club.

“At this stage we’ve got a youth girls side and we’ve had interest from up to 12 people so far for a women’s team,” he said.

“The youth girls competition last year wasn’t run as a full competition, since there were three sides, so expanding that is something Central West AFL wants to focus on.”

Giants’ women’s pre-season launch will be held at 6pm this Monday at George Park 1.

“We’d love to see anyone come down who is interested in the game, even if it’s just to watch on and see what it’s like,” Kennedy said.

GROWTH: Bathurst Giants could be expanding by up to two teams coming into the new 2018 Central West AFL season. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

GROWTH: Bathurst Giants could be expanding by up to two teams coming into the new 2018 Central West AFL season. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

Meanwhile the men’s pre-season is already in full swing. 

The Giants are looking to build on both their junior successes and an encouraging year of first grade football.

Last season the club’s senior team performed above Kennedy’s expectations when they missed out on a finals spot by just one position and scored some memorable victories along the way.

“I’ve always strived for continued improvement. In our first year the aim was to get a team on the paddock and we managed to win one game. 

“In the second year it was to improve 100 per cent on the previous season and win two games. We ended up winning five, and one of those came against the Bushrangers Outlaws who went on to win the competition.

“We want to continue to build, and with a couple of new players at the club we’re hoping we can do that.”