Kate Maliphant to captain Yanchep Redhawks women’s team

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The Yanchep Redhawks women’s first captain Kate Maliphant (centre) with vice-captains Sarah Jarvis and Tegan Nicholson. Picture: Anita McInnes

KATE Maliphant is the captain of the inaugural Yanchep Redhawks women’s team.

Coach Michael Gould announced the captain and vice-captains selections at training last Thursday.

Maliphant said she had not actually played competitive football before and instead had spent her life playing netball.

“(But) I have two brothers and three sons so have been around football my whole life,’’ she said.

“In the couple of games I have played it’s been in the ruck.

“It means a lot to be the captain as my dad was one of the original Yanchep Hawks back in the 80s.

“The team was brown and yellow back then.

“I have grown up in Yanchep and it’s awesome to see so many females giving footy a crack.

Gould said Sarah Jarvis and Tegan Nicholson had been selected as vice-captains.

Jarvis said it was her first time playing footy but she too was from a football family and had always wanted to give it a go.

“I like playing in the backline as I love defence,’’ she said.

“I’m excited to be part of Yanchep’s first women’s team – the community vibe is awesome.’’

Nicholson played footy in primary school with her brother and friends and then played from Year 10-12 in high school.

But then did not play again until now.

“Being a part of the first Yanchep Redhawks team is really exciting and a privilege,’’ she said.

“I can’t wait to see how we go this season, we really do have an amazing group of girls and couldn’t ask for better coaches.’’