CHALLENGE: The Alstonville women’s side celebrates its third consecutive premier division title last year. But the team faces a tough battle this year.
CHALLENGE: The Alstonville women’s side celebrates its third consecutive premier division title last year. But the team faces a tough battle this year.

Tough challenge for 2013

OLD faces may have departed, but do not write off Alstonville's women side from claiming more silverware this year.

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Rob Sheehan's team is currently preparing for the forthcoming Football Far North Coast women's premier division season after sealing their third consecutive grand final win in 2012.

The hunt for a fourth consecutive title could be tricky, though, with the club having to contend with the loss of several players.

Despite the unavailability of a wealth of talent due to university, travel and other commitments, Sheehan is still confident his team can be top dogs again.

"I think a lot of the other clubs know we have lost players," Sheehan said. "It is a bit of a rebuilding phase for us.

"We knew a lot of the players would be leaving. It was something we had to deal with.

"It is a bit of a new challenge for me with a new team.

"I am sure we can do quite well and we will be challenging."

Villa took last year's title with a storming 4-1 win over Lismore Thistles in the grand final of last season's competition.

The club has dominated the region's women's soccer competition in recent years and boasts an enviable development and junior program.

Sheehan, who is in his fifth year as coach, said the training ethos of the club remained the same despite the changing faces.

"It is just about making it varied," he said.

"We just try and make it in interesting, especially with the younger players.

"I think maybe having two daughters might help me (in my role). I hope I have the

respect of the girls.

"I am hoping to see the girls improve and the new players and juniors coming through too."



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