THEY are footy mad, but 10-year-old twins Lucy and Tilly Dalco have been limited in their level of involvement in Australia’s game.
Previously, their experience has only extended to playing in the backyard or watching older brother Joey play, but that’s about to change.
In one of the biggest shake-ups to football in a generation, the girls will be able to play their first game of real footy tomorrow at North Hobart Oval.
In coming weeks, leagues across the state are offering young girls the chance to “come and try” the game.
“We have been watching it and playing a bit in the backyard, but we haven’t played a game,” Tilly said.
“It will be really good to get out there.”
The twins will play in the Kingborough Tigers’ nine to 12-year-old team at the “lightning” carnival ahead of the introduction of junior and youth girls’ competitions across Tasmania that will be finalised following the come and try event.
The Southern Tasmania Junior Football League carnival at North Hobart will cater for girls from five to eight years old, junior girls from nine to 12 and youth girls for 13 to 17-year-olds.
On Sunday, the North West Football League will hold a similar carnival at Girdlestone Park, at East Devonport, and on April 8 the Northern Tasmanian Junior Football Association will hold the northern edition.
For more information on the carnivals contact your local club.