THE Central West's top female players are out to show what the region has to offer this Saturday when they travel to Nowra to face the Sapphire Coast.
No representative football was played last year but but Central West team manager Liz Kennedy is expecting a strong showing on Saturday after being impressed by last weekend's efforts at training.
"The squad overall is really quite strong," she said.
"We met on Sunday to have a little training run in Orange, with a bit of a meet and greet. It was lovely to see how well the girls got along.
"We said that we now put away the club jerseys and we put on the Central West jerseys and that we're one team."
Dubbo trio Korine Coleman, Kaitlyn Waldie, and Emily Warner are in the side and the latter, in particular, will be key to the side's success.
Warner has long been a standout for the Demons in the AFL Central West competition which has gone from strength to strength in recent years.
"I think that the level has really started to improve," Kennedy, also the Bathurst Giants manager, said.
"For us at the Giants, we've been able to keep our core group together, and it's the same for the girls at Dubbo. Bushrangers are going through a rebuilding phase but I think the overall skills across all the teams is something that's really impressed me.
"At our girls' training the other night I took note of the fact that a lot of them are now kicking 50 metres and a few years ago that wasn't such a common thing. I think that's really exciting for women's footy."
The men's side is also playing Sapphire Coast this weekend, with Mitch Russo the lone Dubbo player in the team, while Central West's under 13s, 15s, 17s, and Youth Girls will be a part of the Shoalhaven Junior Carnival.
The under 15s side will be coached by Dubbo Junior AFL's Carmen Armour.
"They have shown a commitment to improving their skills and Nowra gives them an opportunity to take their skills to the next level," Armour said of her side.
"Being located across three different towns, we have used multiply coaches and video conferences to ensure the team are ready. While we have spent some training session together others have been in smaller groups but practicing the same drills and techniques.
"Video conferencing has allowed us to do core strength sessions together and work on our game plan."
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