Women to fly for Magpies

A NEW women's team for Liverpool is set to soar in this year's AFL Sydney competition.

Moorebank Mounties Magpies AFL Club coach Mark Coles said they have 15 females in pre-season training.

"The girls and women have been training with our men's grades for the past few months," Coles said.

The new women's team will play home matches at Rosedale Oval, Warwick Farm.

In November last year, the club spoke with AFL Sydney, the sport's governing body, wanting to enter a team.

Coles said AFL Sydney management is fully supportive of the Magpies joining to make it a 12-team competition.

"The men's Magpies teams have strong links with the Liverpool community and Sydney's south-west," Coles said.

"We see the women's team as further broadening the game and the sport in our area."

Coles said Ian Prudham has been appointed the inaugural coach of the women's team with Adam Parker his assistant.

Coles said with the women forming a strong fan base in the AFL at the elite level, he sees a Magpies women's team as another avenue for them.

Middleton Grange woman Emily Tyler was a prime mover behind the Magpies' team getting off the ground.

He said AFL Sydney has also scheduled the Magpies' team to play Auburn Tigers on Sunday, June 22, as a curtain-raiser before the GWS Giants and Carlton AFL clash at Spotless Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park.

"This is great news for our club and the women's team," Coles said.

"They will get to play in front of a big crowd that day." Coles said the new Magpies team would be competitive in their debut season.

The women's competition starts on Saturday April 5, against Auburn Tigers, at Mona Park, Auburn.

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