TURVEY Park women's coach Michael Ness feels a conference system featuring new teams in one pool and more established teams in the other could be the best option to help expansion clubs find their feet in the AFL Southern Women's competition.
The Bulldogs are one of a handful of teams set to make their debut in the league, which will begin in early February.
A limited number of weeks available and the increase in teams means a conference system is likely to be adopted.
Ness, who has given up second grade men's coaching to take the helm of the women's team, is happy with the squad assembled.
They hope to bring physicality and pressure initially, then build their skills and fitness around that.
"We're still chasing about another four players, but we've got a good mix of younger and older players and we've had a couple play at a higher level who can lead straight away," he said.
"Surprisingly we've only got maybe three netballers (doubling up), most are new to the club which is good.
"We're getting a couple of blokes to come around and help with some drills. Their skills are pretty good, it's just getting that game awareness right, and having a few more at training will help with more game style drills.
"We're doing some tackling and shepherding drills, two on one drills and getting them used to some body on body contact. But they were straight into that side of it and were pretty keen.
"Maybe the new teams play each other (in a conference). The teams who have played a few years know what to expect, some of our girls are still feeling their way and taking it step by step."
Player Danielle Ness said they're focusing on the basics and will gradually expand as their football education continues.
"He (Michael Ness) has been teaching us how to tackle properly and how to receive tackles, doing a lot of ball skills and I reckon we're in for a good year," she said.
"That's what the plan is, to get us used to that aspect and then get our fitness up there.
"I've always been interested in playing and when Turvey put together a women's team I thought 'why not?'"
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