They might play at different age levels, but three Redcliffe Tigers AFL players have one thing in common – they all love tackling.
Under-15 Girls player Tyra Jenkins joined the club halfway through last season after her Dad signed her up.
“I’d wanted to play for a while, but I was unsure about it, but it’s been really good,” Tyra says.
Poppy Barber also started last year and takes to the field for the 2021 season in the Under-13 side.
“My friends needed more players for their team and I really liked it,” Poppy, in Year 8 at Redcliffe State High School, says.
“I like getting the ball and people tackling you – it’s a good sport to do if you like running.”
Ella McCall will line up for the Under-17 Girls this year, having finished her first season last year named the Players’ Player, Best and Fairest and Rising Star.
She fell into AFL accidentally after a teacher at St John Fisher College approached her to join the school team.
“My teacher came to me and said they were a few girls down and I looked like I was aggressive,” Ella laughs.
“We played the schools’ cup and I had no idea what I was doing – I just kicked the ball to whoever was calling my name.
“I knew I had something missing in my life. It must’ve been footy.”
Ella says she enjoys the physical side of the game – making contact and tackling – and urges other girls to give it a go.
“If you don’t like it, that’s ok, but you never know until you try it.”
Tigers media manager Kylie Milstead says the club still has vacancies in its under-9, under-11, under-13, under-15 and under-17 girls’ teams and the under-14 boys’ side, as well as the Kindy Kick program for 3-5-year-olds.
Players who pay their fees in full receive a free training shirt.
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