Co-captaincy is the flavour of the month down at Como Park.
Having just announced that Cal Wood and Scott Dixon will be co-captains of the men's Seniors, the Old Geelong Football Club is thrilled to announce that Ally Kirkwood has been elevated to co-captain of the women's Seniors for season 2019. Ally will share the top honour with 2018 Captain Libby Graham.
Club President James Wright heaped praise on both Libby and Ally and acknowledged how influential the two girls have been since the inception of the women's program at Como Park in 2017.
"There are no better role models than Libby and Ally to continue to lead our women's squad. As Oggette originals, they have been at the forefront of women's footy at the Old Geelong Football Club and VAFA and the Club is very lucky to have them playing at Como Park," Wright said.
Senior Coach Toby Boyle, who enters his third season in charge of the women's football program at Old Geelong, could not be happier at the dual appointment.
“Both players have been exceptional in building the women’s program. Whilst their individual playing development has rapidly improved since 2017, the one constant has been their commitment to the Club and in particular the Oggettes. You can’t lead if you don’t care and both Libby and Ally care a lot about our Club” Boyle said.
Awarded both the Most Consistent and Best Team Player for the women's Seniors in 2018, Ally will bring many great traits to the leadership position and Libby is thrilled that Ally will join her as co-captain.
"I’m so pleased to have Ally join me as co-captain this year, there’s no one more hard working or deserving. She constantly leads by example and always puts in her full effort. Ally’s a natural leader and myself and the Oggettes admire how she goes about her footy. I can’t wait to see what the year ahead brings us," Graham said.
Ally understands that 2019 will bring various on and off-field challenges as she embarks on a season as a listed player with Casey in the VFLW. She knows that Libby will continue to be a great role model, not just to herself but to the remainder of the female playing group as the Oggettes strives for their first major piece of silverware.
"Libby has been an outstanding leader for the girls over the last two years and I am honoured and very excited to be stepping up beside her into the captain role. I can’t wait for the 2019 season to start and seeing what the Oggettes will achieve on and off the field.," Kirkwood said.
The women's teams continue to train at Glamorgan Campus (Geelong Grammar School) on Monday and Wednesday night's at 6.00pm.