QUEANBEYAN Tigerettes co-coach Robert Anderson says establishing a team in AFL Canberra’s Youth Girls competition is the next goal in sight for the club’s women’s program.
Last Sunday saw the Tigerettes claim their first ever piece of silverware after taking out the Women’s Division 2 grand final with a 5.14 (44) to 5.4 (30) victory over ANU at Greenway Oval.
The occasion marked the first time a Queanbeyan women’s team has ever competed in a grand final and comes four years after the foundation of the Tigers’ women’s program.
While the playing squad was still focused on celebrating its inaugural triumph earlier this week, Anderson said the club was already looking at how to move forward in 2014.
And he said entering a side in AFL Canberra’s Youth competition was the number one priority.
“That’s the objective for next season,” he said. “The club has already started canvassing schools in the area and we’ve got quite a few potential players interested already.
“That’s the direction we need to go in to develop the code at the women’s level and if we can get a youth team set up, it’s only going to develop the game even more.
“And hopefully in a couple of years that will put us in a position to move up to division one in the senior competition.”
Anderson, along with co-coach Paul Lyons took over the Tigerettes coaching role from Dave Matthews this season.
And with a core playing group that has now been with the side since its inception, Anderson said Queanbeyan was slowly but surely establishing itself as a presence in the women’s game.
“Things like this build slowly,” he said. “I think this year was the first year where we felt like we could compete with the best sides in the competition.
“We were still up against it but when the top sides play us now, they know it’s not going to be a walkover anymore.
“They’ve got to play reasonable football to beat us and it’s pleasing that we now get a bit of respect from the stronger clubs.”