Beerwah Bulldogs inspiring a new generation of women

Amy Bock grew up kicking football around the backyard with her brothers, like most Queensland kids – but for her that’s where the dream ended.

While her brothers went on to follow in their father’s footsteps and play for a club, Amy was left to sit and watch from the sidelines.

A lack of opportunity robbed her of playing the sport she loved – that was until a chance opportunity.

“My father played, and I grew up playing in the backyard with my brothers kicking the footy. I always enjoyed watching, but it was natural for me to have a go,” she said.

“I was living inland in Chinchilla out west and we use to play a few social games – nothing serious – then one weekend I played a fundraiser in Bundaberg and I got into a rep team coached by the Beerwah coach.

“The following year I was travelling 900km round trips every weekend to play – it’s just what you did.”

Bock didn’t start playing club footy until she was 28, and is now Beerwah Bulldogs Rugby League Club’s women’s player-president.

Bock announced last week that the club is working to field a second senior women’s team.

“Back in those days I didn’t know it (league) was available (to girls) … nowadays it’s an option and it’s great to see the growth and genuine pathways for young girls to play footy,” she said.

“We love the game and just want to play the footy just like our dad’s and brother’s play.

“It’s a big step to come from under-18 to our level of league, so a reserve grade team provides them with a stepping stone for them and the older women who want to have a go.”

Beerwah A is sitting second out of the 15-team strong South East Queensland Senior Women Competition with six matches left in the 2016 season.

This weekend four girls: Courtney Lockwood, Sarah Walker, Annette Brander and Stef Gallagher will represent Queensland at Cbus Super Stadium.

Source: Caboolture News

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