District footballers set for historic day

Colac district footballers, pictured from left, Ellie Loughnane, Murphy Floyd and Zoe Brauer are gearing up for the Geelong Falcons’ first ever girls match this weekend. The Falcons will take on the Northern Knights at Learmonth tomorrow in the first of five matches in the inaugural TAC Cup Girls season.

Colac district footballers Zoe Brauer and Ellie Loughnane are likely to play in the Geelong Falcons’ historic first girls match this weekend.

The Falcons’ first ever campaign kicks off at Learmonth tomorrow with a clash against the Northern Knights, the first of five games this season.

The Falcons have 30 players on their list and will take 24 girls into each clash.

Falcons coach Jason Armistead, of Colac, said Brauer and Loughnane were likely to play, while Winchelsea’s Murphy Floyd remains under an injury cloud as she recovers from a hamstring injury.

He said young tall Loughnane and mid-sized utilities Brauer and Floyd, the younger sister of fellow Falcon Eathan and ex-Falcon Campbell, had impressed during the club’s first pre-season and well and truly put their hands up for selection.

“Ellie has improved out of sight, she’s come from a netball background but her overhead marking has improved so we’ll look to play her up forward and in the ruck a bit,” Armistead said.

“We haven’t got a lot of height so she could be an important player for us this season,” he said.

“Zoe’s enthusiasm and fitness will be important for us, she’ll play down back because she’s pretty strong one-on-one.

“And Murphy’s been training well but she’s had hammy issues for the last month, so we’ll see how she goes at training this week, but we might have to give her a week off.”

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