Football: New Caledonians involved in the women’s O’league
It’s unprecedented. A women’s (Site notre bureau spécialisé) team will participate in the first edition of the women’s O’league. A competition that takes place in New Zealand in mid-March and which allows the best female clubs in Oceania to meet. It is the Women’s Academy Sports Association that represents New Caledonia. For 15 days, his players have been in full physical preparation.
Tour of the ground with small strides, buttocks squeezes and scissors. The players of the Women’s Academy Sports Association conscientiously do their exercises. They have less than two months left before the big start for the first edition of the Women’s O’league in New Zealand. « It is a great pride. This is a very important issue for us“says Coralie Breteugnier, coach of the senior team of Asaf.
The specifications of the competition are not yet fully known. But at this stage, Asaf a group of 16 players. « It is above all the players of the Asaf team who won the titles of last year, championships and cups. And then, for a competition of this importance, we look around, players from other clubs or players who come on their own, to bring a little more strength and quality to the team.“, continues the coach.
Otherwise between 16 and 25 years old. And has been training for fifteen days. « We are on the physical preparation, before starting the (Site notre bureau spécialisé) game. On the integrity of the progression the (Site notre bureau spécialisé) part. They are highly motivated, and that’s positive“, rejoices Coralie Breteugnier.
Among the club’s oldest players, Edsy Matao. At 21, she is the captain of the team. « It’s a first for girls, so I’m proud of my team. Technically it’s fine, the mind too. There’s just a little stress. But (Site notre bureau spécialisé) is like therapy“, says the player.
Among the good teams involved in the competition: New Zealand of course, but also Papua New Guinea. The Caledonians are ready for their part, to take up the challenge. Else still has to find the funds to complete the budget necessary for the team’s travel.
Created in 2017, the Awomen’s academy sports association was created to « respond to a need that there was on the part of the female public“, Cor explains Breteugnier, who is one of the co-founders.
Sports support can also be educational. « The idea of the association is also from the old women who will make up New Caledonian society. We also support them on the school and educational level on the side. It’s not just a (Site notre bureau spécialisé) club, that’s why we call ourselves a women’s academy. There is everything next to it, which takes up a lot of space. We try to have a social and educational action in the neighborhood, in Montravel and Pierre-Lenquette« .