Geelong Falcons coach Jason Armistead says he expects the Colac contingent of the team to play a key role this TAC Cup Girls season.
The Colac Imperials have seven players in the Falcons’ 50-player team, up from two in the Falcons’ premiership-winning season in 2018.
Gabbi Featherston returns after being a member of the club’s development squad last season, and is joined by her twin sister Mia, Jeremi Robinson, Taylah Hassett, Darcy Moloney, Keeley Hardingham and Annabelle Arnold.
Moloney, Arnold and Gabbi Featherston are no strangers to the Falcons’ program, having represented the club’s under-16 side at last year’s V-Line Cup, with Moloney taking out the team’s MVP award for the carnival.
Armistead praised the Imps’ women’s football co-ordinator Tim Hassett for developing the club’s players to compete at the higher level.
“He’s done a really good job there, because I’d imagine most of these girls will be in contention to play this year,” he said.
“This time last year the side was pretty set but this year it’s wide open.
“We’ve still got about eight or nine players from last year’s premiership side, but we lost a large core of players that had been there for the first two seasons, so there will be some good opportunities this year and hopefully some of these girls make the most of that.”
All Imps players bar Robinson, who has earned selection as an overaged player, will also be eligible to play in the Falcons’ Futures games if they miss selection with the Falcons’ TAC Cup Girls team.
Armistead said there were about three Futures games throughout the year, and they were available to all players that were not top agers, or overage.