AFL Queensland's Tayla Harris in town to grow girls' game

FRASER Coast's youngest female footballers will have the opportunity to meet one of AFL Queensland's top talents this afternoon.

Brisbane half-forward Tayla Harris will help give local players the best possible introduction to Aussie rules when she joins a come and try session at St James Lutheran College.

The session is aimed at young girls under the age of 16, as AFL Wide Bay moves towards the establishment of women's competition.

Jadon Fredericks, one of the driver's behind the touted female competition, said the session would go ahead regardless of the weather.

COUP: Brisbane Aussie rules player Tayla Harris will be a guest at today’s come and try session, which is aimed at under-16 girls.
COUP: Brisbane Aussie rules player Tayla Harris will be a guest at today’s come and try session, which is aimed at under-16 girls. Mitchell Craig

He said it was a prime opportunity for girls who had thought about playing.

"Have a kick, meet Tayla and, if we get enough players, they can play a game," Fredericks said.

"It's a pretty big thing. This is the start of female footy on the Fraser Coast.

"It will happen rain, hail or shine. The only difference is we'll move undercover."

An under-16 female competition is set to start on May 7, and Fredericks said he hoped it would include three teams from Hervey Bay and one from Maryborough.

It is envisaged U17 Wide Bay Wildcats players could coach the sides, which will play each other three teams ahead of a finals round robin day in mid-August.

"Our goal is four teams of 16 players, with games every Saturday," he said.

Fredericks coaches the Wildcats, and said most of the girls joined because they loved the sport.

"One of the girls who never played before was our best on ground twice in four games," he said. The session will run from 4.15-5.30pm tonight.



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