Pinktails Swoop at SANFLW Opportunities
The SANFLW is set to welcome Central Australian talent with players from the Alice Springs-based Pinktails program set to play in the competition during 2022.
This upcoming season will see several female footballers from the Pinktails get to play in the South Australian Football League Women’s (SANFLW) competition with South Adelaide and North Adelaide.
The Pinktails, and their male counterparts the Redtails, are a part of the Rightracks Program which aims to develop and build opportunities for young people living in remote regions such as Central Australia.
“It is so important that this SANFL and SANFLW partnership exists and continues for generations to come,” Rob Clarke said.
“… It builds the individual’s understanding that there is a choice to better yourself and if you commit to the positive choices the rewards are there to experience and show the way for others in their lives to help better them,” he said.
As well as sporting pathways, the program also educates and delivers sessions on topics such as life choices, leadership, mental health, school engagement, drugs and alcohol, and employment.
“Real pathways that can be touched by communities segregated by huge distance is something that is simply so important, Clarke said.
On Saturday, the South Adelaide Football Club announced the signing of four Pinktails; Shannon Hanning, Caitlin Couch, Brylee Kerrin and Maya Jakubiszyn (pictured above).
“We are excited to have been able to expand our partnership with the Redtails to now include the Pinktails,” South Adelaide’s Female Football and Football Operations Coordinator Jonathon Parker said.
“The work that Rob and his team do to allow exciting talented footballers to have an opportunity at the SANFLW level is fantastic,” Parker said.
“As a footy club we are extremely excited to welcome these players into our program and to provide more exposure to these players to help develop them, ready for the next level,” he said.
Round One will see Shannon Hanning make her SANFLW debut as the Panthers travel to face Central District, while Maya Jakubiszyn will play in the earlier day’s Development Match.
“Coming from Alice Springs I never thought I’d be playing SANFLW,” Maya said when asked about her recent signing with the Panthers. “The South Adelaide team have been so welcoming and supportive.”
“I can’t wait to play alongside the girls, learn from them but also showcase what us Central Australian women can do,” she said.
Providing great opportunities to its members, this program also has existing partnerships with AFL Northern Territory and its Thunder Academy, as well as the Melbourne Demon’s Next Generation Academy.
Travelling doesn’t seem to be an issue for this program either, with the Redtails previously travelling to face South Adelaide’s zone club Encounter Bay, while also having played against the Casey Demons, Port Adelaide, and even New Zealand’s National team in Auckland.
This partnership with the SANFLW sides is another great opportunity for their players, while also providing the clubs with amazing talent from the Red Centre.
“The Pinktails program has helped me to develop my skills and fitness, as well as open amazing pathways for me to play at a higher level footy,” Maya said when asked about her time in the program.
“Would love to do a shout out to everyone involved in the Pinktails/Redtails program,” she said.
“Special mention to Rob Clarke, Ian McAdam and Darren Talbot who dedicate so much time, energy and patience into the players and the program,” she said.
“And thank you to the Panthers club, I am looking forward to a successful 2022 season both on and off the field.”
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