Storm surge

ARARAT - Ararat Storm Football Club coach Will Bell is hoping his team can continue the momentum it created in its inaugural year as the 2014 Ballarat Youth Girls' Football League season draws closer.

The Storm has hit the training track at Richardson Oval for the start of their pre-season campaign and will be looking to build on its first season - where the side won three games from 12 outings.

Coach Will Bell said his players had come a long way from the first time they laid their hands on a football.

"They developed so much in one season and I am looking forward to seeing how far they can go this year," he said.

The Ararat Storm have already exposed a number of talented girls to opportunities within the sport, with star player Jakki Orszacski leading the way.

Bell said Orszacski had already had big pre-season after getting selected in the Ballarat Rebels development squad.

"Jakki has trained for the last three months and it is going to be good having her back in the group to pass on some of her knowledge from the program and also for a bit of leadership," he said.

"We had four players finish up last season (it is an under-18 competition) and are looking for more players to join our club.

"We have had a lot of interest from Stawell girls wanting to play football, also a few players may follow club superstar Meg Wik from Horsham after running a successful girls come and try footy day at Coughlin Park."

Bell said he hopes to have a lot of local interest from the Ararat community too, with the Storm running a girls' 'Come and Try' day at Alexandra Oval next Friday, February 14 at 4.30pm.

The Ararat Storm players will take some skill based drills and play some mini-games.

Every girl that turns up on the night will also receive a girls' AFL Victoria football.

Bell said all females aged between 10 and 18 are welcome to attend the free session and have some fun, while any girls who want to join in but are a bit younger than 10 can also do so by calling Bell on 0407 332 249.

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