After a crushing 20-0 defeat at the hands of West Panthers last Sunday – not too surprisingly, given they could only field eight players – murmurings about Celtic withdrawing from the women’s competition altogether due to a lack of numbers have gathered pace.
But Celtic women’s head coach, Aaron Cunico, told us just after the weekend, “that is not going to happen. We will continue in this competition. If what happened on Sunday doesn’t show the rest of the league how dedicated these girls are, I mean we had eight players play for 90 minutes and lost 20 nil. No matter how bad it gets we will field a side.”
The passion from the coach and playing staff is certainly there, even if the players aren’t. Aaron concedes they could do with some more numbers to make them more competitive.
“We have about 20 girls in our senior women’s team chat, but a lot of them have kids or other responsibilities and that prevents them from playing from time to time, so we would love to get some more ladies to training to help us fill those gaps.
“We are a family-oriented club with a never say die attitude. Come and join us,” says coach Cunico.
Celtic President Martin Thrift backed up his head coach, and said the club was going one step further by lowering their playing fees across all teams in the hope of seeing an uptick in numbers.
“Traditionally, fees decrease after round nine onwards. However, Celtic is going to bring that forward a couple of weeks,” Mr Thrift told the Truth.
“So, if you want to come and play for Celtic this year, it will only cost you $100.”
If there are any women looking to gain fitness and have some fun out on the soccer pitch, head to the bottom pitch at O’Neill Memorial Park on a Wednesday night from 6pm.