Girls need W-League chance

© Lewis Wright

WHILE congratulations goes out to the young men who have been selected to play against the Central Coast Mariners Youth League team in a month, surely it's time that the awesome young ladies on the Coffs Coast get a chance to be seen playing against an elite team.

The depth of talent in North Coast Football among the teenage girls in this competition is simply awesome and they deserve a game against a W-League squad.

Already Jenna Tristram has come from this area to play for the national team and there are others here who could go just as far.

Here's 11 names that would create a team capable of beating anyone around (apologies to those who missed out).

Cassie Wakewood as keeper, Rebekah Oberlauter, Emma-Jane Manning, Gabby Dickinson and Loren Caban down back, Jess Barrett, Georgia Burt, Sarah Marsden and Jasmine Courtenay playing midfield with Kylie McDonald and Tahlia Farrant up front.

That is a fantastic team and the best thing about this squad is that the oldest player is only 19-years-old.

And there's plenty of flexibility in this line-up regarding the positions that they play as well.

If this squad needed to play a scratch match then surely a squad consisting of the likes of Frances Gosewitch, Brianna Martin, Cassia McGlashan, Klaryse Dam, Kellie Langham, Savannah Geddes, Jasmine Kruger, Chloe Wighton, Hannah Wilson, Elicia Webber and Nicky Raynor would give them a run for their money.

North Coast Football administrator Bob Harris agrees that the talent in the female ranks in this area is something to be proud of.

“We're working with various W-League teams to bring them to the area as well because women's football is a very high priority as far as North Coast Football is concerned given that we've already developed a Matildas' player,” he said.