GIRO: Things Are Looking Up For Our Women

Friday, March 1, 2024 - 1:05 PM


The Club held a Season Launch for our Women's teams this week and both teams are looking forward to a positive start with wins against cross stadium rivals East Perth.  

The launch was a great opportunity to welcome all players, coaches and families to the Club and the players seemed up and about and keen to improve on last season. 

Guest speaker for the event was Fremantle Docker player, Aisling McCarthy, who inspired the the players with her quick rise to AFLW since moving from Ireland.

At the conclusion of the night Women's Coach Baker Denneman presented the 2024 Leadership Group announcing a new captain in Tess Lyons (pictured), and deputies in Clare McCarthy, Claudia Langley, Beatrice Develyn and Lauren Bilaloski.  Tess who leads the ruck stocks showed her leadership skills with a inspiring speach about ensuring the groups support one another. 

Dane Edwards was promoted from Rogers team assistant coach, to Coach in the off season and he also thought the Rogers girls had shown some great commitment during the off season. 

Ava Tavarlaro also spoke well and demostrated she will be an excellent captain of the Rogers team.  She will be join in the leadership group by Sunny Quay Peters, Meesha Dureski and up and comer Ruby Hobbs.  


With games starting at Sullivan Logistics Stadium (Leederville Oval) this Saturday, we caught up with our Coordinator of Female Football Stef Giro for a quick QNA.  


What areas of improvement were identified for the women’s teams during the off-season? 

There was a heavy focus on skill execution over the summer along with conditioning to get the girls fit.  They worked really hard on both those aspects. 

Are there any emerging talents or newcomers that fans should keep an eye on this season?

Olivia Wolmarans looks to have a bright future. 

How were the leadership groups selected, and what do you believe makes them effective leaders?

The leadership group was voted by the players.  We have a good mix of experience in our leadership group, with different personalities that offer different perspectives. The group is very professional and will help lead the younger core of our group. 

What are the main focuses/objectives for the game this weekend?

Obviously the objective is to win.  We think we will be able to do that by being a connected group. The girls are all very close and love playing and training together.  If we all play together, we will have a good chance at winning. 

What team-building activities or initiatives have been undertaken, and how do you believe this will contribute to the team's overall performance throughout the season?

We had a camp at City Beach in February which was a challenging experience physically, and also involved many different team work activities. This will help the girls when it gets tough abd they are fatigued to continue to work as a collective

What’s going to separate the Subiaco Women’s teams from their opposition, what is their winning edge?

The connection between the playing group and their preperation during the pre season!