TURVEY Park is confident they will have the numbers to field a competitive team in next year's AFL Southern NSW Women's competition after confirming they intend to participate for the first time.
The Bulldogs join Coolamon and Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes as clubs who intend to make their debuts this season, with the competition set to be played early next year.
A demonstrated desire to field women's sides moving forward is part of the criteria for the new premier competition, which is scheduled to begin in 2023.
"It's something Turvey has been looking at for the last couple of years and we just weren't in the position back then," Bulldogs president Steven Marks said.
"With junior girls we have, we had to start looking at giving them an option it if they want to continue to play here as we don't want to lose them from the club.
"We've asked for expressions of interest for girls to come and play. We've already got a few names and there's another two or three weeks until we have to nominate a team. We're really confident we'll end up with the numbers."
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Marks said the club wants to offer Turvey people a chance to continue playing without having to head elsewhere.
"You want to give the girls choices of who they can play for. If they're a Turvey person coming through the ranks who have brothers playing and they want to play, we can offer that now," he said.
"We're already interviewing coaches for the role and over the next couple of weeks we'll pick our best candidates and come up with a coach.
"We're not putting pressure on our netballers. they're quite welcome to play, but there's no pressure. We're looking for people who genuinely like football and have an interest in playing.
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