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Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Jess Ruland, Berend Kaaks and Trinity Brown are inspiring positivity at Glen Huon Reserve.
Camera IconJess Ruland, Berend Kaaks and Trinity Brown are inspiring positivity at Glen Huon Reserve. Credit: Justin Fris/South Western Times

Some opportunities in football are too good to pass up — just ask influential Eaton Boomers duo Jessica Ruland and Trinity Brown.

Both players were given the chance to join the SWFL women’s football sub-committee towards the end of last year, and have loved every minute of it.

“We have been able to speak about what footy means to women,” Brown said. “Along with what are some of the best ways to go about it in terms of rules and time slots surrounding women’s footy.”

As it stands, the Boomers are the only club with player representation on the sub-committee.

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“From the first time we walked in, it was nice to be heard,” Ruland said.

“Especially coming from the Boomers, who have been a bit quieter (on the women’s competition) than everyone else.

“To have the only players’ voice on there is pretty cool.

“It is nice for them to actually ask for a player’s perspective on a lot of things and not just make judgment calls for themselves.

“They want our input, which is really nice.”

Both Brown and Ruland are excited to work with newly appointed coach Berend Kaaks, who has priortised on delivering an inclusive environment for his entire squad.

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