Moree Suns have been working hard to build up women and junior numbers ahead of 2019 season

The Moree Suns AFL Club have been working hard over the last few weeks gearing up for a big season.

They have been running women’s only sessions for three weeks and on Wednesday, January 30 they held a junior skills clinic.

After a successful season in 2018 in which their junior under 17s side made it to the grand final, they are now searching for more numbers as an under 14s competition has been introduced.

The club is hoping they will be able to field both an under 17s and an under 14s side which will be mixed.

Moree Suns secretary Annette Hadley is hoping the numbers continue to grow.

“We had a relatively small turnout but we appreciate that people are still away and kids hadn’t gone back to school yet,” she said.

“We’re hoping to do a couple more particularly when school recommences.

“(Junior coach) Graham O’Hern was impressed with the skill shown by the juniors that did come along though.”

Hadley encourages as many people to get involved in the junior sessions, particularly younger children, as the under 14s competition won’t be as competitive as others and it’s a great way to get involved in sport.

The women have also been working hard, training each Thursday night and Hadley has been pleased to see the numbers grow each week.

“We’ve been able to expand some of our drills to include more game style activity which makes it much more interesting for the girls that come along and it’s much better for them to be simulating game situations,” she said.

While there’s currently one session each week, the plan is to increase that to two in the next couple of weeks to allow those to come that can’t attend the Thursday session.

“There’s no commitment to play even if you train because we just want people out there having a bit of fun and giving it a go and learning the skills because bigger the numbers the better it is for the girls that are there and are going to play,” Hadley said.

The women’s sessions are being held on Thursday nights at 6.30pm at the Moree Showground.