In just a few short months, the AFL Women’s League has given us countless new role models, challenged long-held stigma around LGBTQI athletes in Australia, and brought the male-dominated sport to a whole new demographic.
The move has pushed a generation of young women and girls into action, who can now dream of growing up to be the next Darcy Vescio or Sarah Perkins.
The Darebin Women’s Sport Club Falcons is one of the many clubs responsible for fostering the new wave of talented female football players, and right now they need your help.
The Falcons, who will celebrate their 25th birthday this year, are responsible for producing 16 of the AFLW’s current players, who wouldn’t have made it without one simple piece of equipment – a football.
The state league’s choice to opt for size four balls in line with the new national competition instead of four-and-a-half means the club will have to replace 100 training balls, at $88 a pop.
“The league will provide match balls, but we believe that the best way for footballers to improve their skills is to regularly have a footy in their hands on the training track,” Falcons committee member Alison Smirnoff to Mamamia.