By Lance Jenkinson
Inaugural Hoppers Crossing women’s football coach Mick Koropeckyj has been overwhelmed by the interest and excitement generated by the newly formed team.
The Warriors will push ahead with their long overdue introduction of senior women’s football ahead of their entry into the WRFL Women’s competition in 2020.
Since he was unveiled as coach, Koropeckyj has been inundated with players and sponsors wanting to get on board and the fan base is growing by the day.
“The feedback that we’ve had has been astronomical,” he said. “It’s not just the people around the team, everyone around the club is excited as well.
“We are the missing piece of the puzzle at the club.”
Koropeckyj has been involved with Hoppers Crossing as a club sponsor, junior coach and parent.
His passion for the women’s game stems from his talented daughter Kayla.
Koropeckyj believes the atmosphere around women’s teams is “more like a big family” with the way the players react to one another and the love they show for the game.
Koropeckyj wants to build a competitive team at Hoppers Crossing from day one.
He is putting the call out to both new and established players to join the Warriors.
An information session will be held at the Hoppers Crossing Sports Club on September 4 at 7pm, while pre-season will begin on November 11.
Meanwhile, Werribee Centrals were the big winners on the opening weekend of the WRFL women’s finals, eliminating Point Cook Centrals in a 41-point win.
As the minor premier, Manor Lakes had a free pass to week two, but its second semi-final date with Spotswood was set for Pennell Reserve on Saturday morning.
The cut-throat semi-final between Werribee Centrals and Caroline Springs will be played at Pennell Reserve on Sunday morning.