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Coach Mick Carter looking for more young talent to join his Panorama Platypi team | western avocado

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MICK Carter is only new to coaching the Western Women’s Rugby League competition, but he’s seen enough to know how important it is for female talent in the region. He’s seen enough to believe that expanding the current seven-week format to a full season is something officials should seriously consider. “I love it, I think they should make it a full tackle competition all year round,” he said. “Like girls playing tackle with boys until they’re 12, after that they’re either lost or have to go play league or look for something else. It’s great at the end of the [Group 10] season, but I think it would be great if there was a tackle competition throughout the year. If you want to play in an NRL women’s team, where do you go? This mockup would help with that. “It would be a great concept if they could do it.” While Carter had never coached a junior women’s team before signing on to guide the Panorama Platypi under-14s this season, he has a long junior coaching record with the Bathurst Panthers. He has seen how they have benefited from having the right development pathways in place and wants female talent in the region to have the same opportunities. The Western Women’s Rugby League has already produced players who have linked with Sydney and NRLW clubs. Since Western launched a women’s tackle competition in 2016, it has grown from an open only competition with nine contested in one evening to six clubs competing across five tiers. While there was originally talk of making the current season last for 10 weeks, it will consist of five rounds and then a two-week series of finals. This is partly due to the fact that it was postponed from last September to February-March due to the regional New South Wales COVID-19 lockdown. READ MORE: Saints work hard to defend West Under-21 premiership READ MORE: Expansion is on the cards for annual Bathurst Panthers Knockout READ MORE: Bathurst Panthers start their pre-season training for the 2022 season The pandemic and the calendar have also had an impact on the numbers, so Carter is on the lookout for more players to join his under-14s. The Platypi are looking for more players for all of their junior age divisions. “The girls I’ve had in training have been good. The first training session I had at Carrington when footy was still going on, I had about 19 people at the time, that’ was a good shot, but COVID scared the players off, I guess,” Carter said. “It’s very exciting, hopefully we get more players. Due to COVID a lot of the players who were going to play are out so I think I’m down to 12 or 15.” While hoping to increase his team’s numbers, Carter has a number of experienced Platypi such as his daughter Abbey. He thinks they have the potential to play football in the final “They now have five rounds so it’s still a decent success for them, a few home games, a few away games. That caliber of players we trained before Christmas, I think we are a good enough team to make the semi-finals,” he said. “A lot of girls have a lot of skills so it will be interesting to see how it goes.” The season kicks off on February 12 with Panorama against the Orange Vipers in Orange. Their first home game took place the following weekend when hosting the Woodbridge Cup at the Jack Arrow Oval. Any juniors interested in joining the Platypi can email the club at [email protected] Our journalists work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content:

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