DRAGONS supporters have plenty to roar about this long weekend with three senior women footballer set to pull on the Big V.
Golden Point captain Shannon Alexander, onballer Ashlee Wilkes and midfielder Maighan Foges will represent Vic Country in a new under-21 women’s football clash against arch-rival Vic Metro at Whitten Oval today.
They will rejoin forces with former Dragon Jenna Bruton, who has moved her game up to Victorian Women’s Football League premier division club St Kilda Sharks.
The match is a curtain raiser for the VWFL’s biennial Country and Metro showdown.
Ballarat AFL women’s player Kaitlyn Ashmore (Melbourne Uni), who was re-drafted to Melbourne Demons last month, is set to play in Country’s open-age team.
Golden Point coach Darren Wright said it was exciting to have three of his players named for representative football in the club’s first VWFL season.
“(Country) was all named fairly quickly and I’m sure there would have been a few more girls in contention if it had not been for unavailabilities this weekend,” Wright said.
Wilkes made her return to the game this season from knee surgery while Alexander, a former Ballarat and Lake Wendouree youth girls player, has developed as a strong centre half-forward.
Wright said young gun Foges was “in a class of her own”, stepping up from Ballarat youth girls to fast become a driving midfielder.
Point has mixed results in the newly restructured VWFL division 3/4 competition, but as the league settles, the Dragons have fast formed a reputation for good sportsmanship and stellar midfield.
This weekend’s VWFL representative match marks the second Country guernsey for Ashmore, who told AFL Victoria online that the 2012 battle was her first major football game.
“I enjoy playing with girls that are in the Country side this year because obviously I don’t get to play with them much,” Ashmore said.
The VWFL double-header starts with under-21s at noon with opens from 2pm.