Brisbane Aussie Rules player Tayla Harris was helping promote the new Lismore Swans women’s team at Southern Cross University, Lismore, yesterday.
Brisbane Aussie Rules player Tayla Harris was helping promote the new Lismore Swans women’s team at Southern Cross University, Lismore, yesterday. Mitchell Craig

Swans recruiting women for new Aussie Rules team

NORTHERN Rivers women interested in playing Aussie Rules football need look no further for inspiration than Brisbane player Tayla Harris.

Harris loves the game so much she has even scored a job out of it as female development officer with AFL Queensland.

She was at Southern Cross University yesterday helping the Lismore Swans as they launched the inaugural women’s team who will compete on the Gold Coast this year.

The Swans will be the only women’s Aussie Rules club between the Gold Coast and Sydney.

“I think the biggest barrier is trying to get someone to training for the first time,” Harris said.

“We have such a unique sport and it offers something different for everyone.

“In my team we have a lot of girls who have come over from basketball, netball, soccer and just about every game you can think of.

“I think they (Swans) will be fine because it’s a new division two league that they’ll be playing in.

“There will be heaps of new players and that’s the point, to have fun and develop the game.”

There is a sign-on day at Oakes Oval on Saturday at 11am with morning tea provided.

Anyone interested can phone club secretary Anton Eldridge on 0411 251 110.



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