Hervey Bay Bombers sisters Taylah King, 18, and Jade King, 17, were part of the first team to win the AFL Wide Bay Women's flag in 2018, and they'll both return in 2019.
Hervey Bay Bombers sisters Taylah King, 18, and Jade King, 17, were part of the first team to win the AFL Wide Bay Women's flag in 2018, and they'll both return in 2019. Matthew McInerney

Bombers' women to start training for title defence

AUSSIE RULES: The undefeated premiers of the inaugural AFL Wide Bay Women's competition will soon return to pre-season training with one goal in mind: defend the flag.

Hervey Bay Bombers destroyed all comers in the first season. The Torquay team conceded just one point in six regular season games, then beat Across The Waves 4.5-29 - 2.0-12 in the decider.

Taylah, 18, and Jade King, 17, will return for the red and black-clad side for the second instalment of the popular competition, as will a large number of the inaugural premiership-winning side.

"We've got a lot of our existing players coming back, but we do have a lot of new players who are interested, and they come from all different age groups and backgrounds,” Taylah said. "Most of them are from different sports, we've got a couple of girls from soccer, netball and touch who are looking to come over.

"We're looking really good on numbers at the moment.”

The King sisters have played Aussie rules for years. Both represented Wide Bay Wildcats, while Taylah was part of the Brisbane Lions Academy.

Taylah also played for Maroochydore Roos at the Sunshine Coast, a side which struggled throughout 2018.

Both said they were excited to see the growth of their sport on the Fraser Coast, with both Bay Power and Maryborough Bears set to field teams again.

"It was really good seeing a lot of girls are getting involved in AFL now,” Jade, the Bombers best and fairest, said. "I felt like our season was really successful seeing as AFL isn't really that big in this region.”

The Bombers are set to start pre-season training on Tuesday, November 18. Like "Hervey Bay Bombers FC” on Facebook for more information.



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