The Co-op BLGW (Barossa, Light and Gawler Female Football Competition) have an impressive 349 players signed up for the 2019 season, which is a 30 percent increase on last year’s player numbers.
The Co-op has renewed their sponsorship of the league for the next five years, as well as organising the guernseys, t-shirts and shorts for all the players in the BLGW Association teams.
Mr Adam Butcher, President of The Co-op BLGW said, “This is a massive thing for us as a community and for women’s football it is absolutely amazing.
“Every club’s best player gets a $20 Co-op voucher at every single game that we play.
“Which is incredible at this day and age because getting things off people for women’s football is not the easiest thing to do and these guys do it without any hassle.”
The Co-op will also sponsor the inaugural inter-league game known as The Co-op Cup.
This is a three game system between the 14’s, 17’s and senior teams. To win the cup it’s basically the best of three.
The inter-league competition is comprised of North and South teams.
Gawler South, Gawler Centrals, Willaston and Barossa Districts make up the South side, and Angaston, Kapunda, Nuriootpa and Tanunda will be the North team.
South coach for the senior women is Brenton Craig, whilst the North coach for the senior women is Natalie Seaman, who are both involved with the senior women’s team at Central District Football Club.
“We have lots of experience now with a lot of coaches in the league down from Centrals and around 15/16 girls from there too,” said Adam.
“We’ve got so much positive feedback about this. In the end we only play a nine week season so this gives them another month of training. All the games will also be played full oval.”
Also new this year is the fact each game will raise funds for ovarian cancer, with each player wearing a ribbon in their hair to raise money and awareness.
Funds from a new $2 entry fee for those over 12 at each game will also go to ovarian cancer.
Kapunda’s Megan McWaters wants to raise awareness for Ovarian Cancer Australia and was thrilled when Adam approached her with the idea.
“I was very glad about it due to the fact it has touched my family,” said Megan.
“Any awareness we can raise the better off we are, and fundraising at the same time is a bonus. It’s perfect because it’s all women – who it affects.”