Esperance women's football slated for 2019

An Esperance women's team emerge from a clash with Kalgoorlie in 2017. Photo: Sarah Fitzgerald.
An Esperance women's team emerge from a clash with Kalgoorlie in 2017. Photo: Sarah Fitzgerald.

The Esperance Football District Association will host a season of women’s football for the first time in 2019.

West Australian Football Commission Goldfields regional manager Gemma Harrison said female football games had been held in Esperance a few times a year between players from Kalgoorlie and Esperance.

“What we’re now looking at is running games between Esperance Football Club and Ports Football Club, which are the two clubs that have put up their hands to run women’s team,” she said.

Ms Harrison said about 60 female Esperance players were interested in playing football, with a lot of room for growth.

“I think it will grow once the two teams are set up, ideally we would like other clubs to jump in,” she said.

“There’s so much interest in Esperance, it’s crazy.

“I probably have more [female] players in Esperance than I do in Kalgoorlie.”

Ms Harrison said work needed to be done to prepare for a women’s season, and a season starting date and fixtures were still to be determined.

“There is a bit of work that goes behind have a women’s season, you need to have facilities and changerooms,” she said.

“We’re looking into [those works] starting with the new season.”

Ms Harrison said the Esperance District Football Association and the two clubs involved so far should be commended for their commitment to women’s football.