Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.
– Jesse Owens (American track and field athlete and four-time gold medalist in the 1936 Olympic Games)
Women’s football in 2019 is thriving, particularly at Avalon SC. But today we want to take you back fifteen years to 2004, where a pretty special group of girls first started to love this beautiful sport. This is a story about six women who, together with many others, have made a significant contribution to female football at our club – Molly and Naomi Woods, Eliza and Kerry McEwan, Emily McGainand and Ella Smith.
The Avalon Piranhas started as an all-girl team in the mixed U6 MWFA Competition. Continually under-estimated (the ribbons didn’t help) these girls battled it out with the boys week after week to become a highly formidable team. Guided by their football playing mothers, these girls mastered first touch, passing and striking the ball, but more importantly learned how to be a team. Many new “Piranhas” joined over the years, many of whom are in the starting XI of our current WAL1 under the guidance of coach Kerry McEwan and assistant coach Naomi Woods.
The Piranhas would go on to win many MWFA League and Champion of Champions titles.
Whilst undoubtedly skilled, the true success of this team is in the lifelong friendships forged. It is these relationships that have always brought players back to Avalon SC. This season we are proud to see the return of Molly Woods to the Reds after her time in the representative league (Northern Tigers) to play in WAL1 with Eliza, Emily, Ella and little sister Tara.
With one round to play on 11 August against an undefeated Pittwater side, Avalon WAL1 are looking to secure their position in the top four and work towards a strong finals campaign for 2019. We wish our top ladies all the best luck and hope to see them go far come finals time!