THE WAIT is over for fans of the Lions Women’s AFL team with the new 2023 competition kicking off at Brighton Homes Arena, Brookwater at 3pm on Sunday.
First up they face a tough opponent in the shape of the Richmond Tigers who will be out to avenge their loss to the Lions in the qualifying final in early 2023.
It’s a new look Lions outfit in 2023 with seven new players joining the ranks from the side that narrowly lost the grand-final at Brookwater.
The new recruits are Jade Pregelj and Ellie Hampson from the Gold Coast Suns, Poppy Boltz, Courtney Murphy, Analea McKee, Brooke Sheridan and Cailtin Wendland.
They have also recruited a star player from Ireland in Jennifer Dunne who has just joined the squad after playing in the winning team in the women’s All-Irish Gaelic Final in Dublin.
Head coach of the Lions women’s side, Craig Starcevich, has had his work cut out trying to mould the new squad into a strong combination before game one.
The team had a strong win over the Gold Coast in their final hit-out two weeks ago. Starcevich said the side had made the most of their new home and the fantastic training conditions they’d experienced in recent months.
“We are in a strong position coming into round one,” he said.
“We’ve used the time to work on some areas technically and tactically that will allow us to maximize the strengths of our group. We are determined to keep playing a style that’s enjoyable to play and exciting to watch.”
“After having a fairly settled 21 over the past few seasons, we’re now in position to introduce new talent.
“Some have been waiting a couple of seasons to earn a spot, while others have been recently recruited, or are returning from injury.
“I’m looking forward to our eighth season starting next weekend and to see who’s grown and improved between seasons.”