Home' LOTL : January 2005 Contents Catering for dykes from 20 -- 50 years, the Flying Bats
Women's Soccer Club was established twenty years ago
by three dedicated women and one team of 13 players. By
2004, the club had expanded to three teams and more than
50 playing members.
"We're aiming for four teams this year," says Caz Wilson,
2005 Flying Bats President. "With more players we can divide
gals into teams of equal skill levels -- this means our soccer
skills just get better and better."
And they are a skilled bunch of gals. The top Flying Bats
team (Division 2) has made the Grand Final five times in the
last seven years, winning it three times. In 2004 they were
runners up. The 'social' Flying Bats team (Division 5) won
the pennant (4th place) last year.
"Our teams have enjoyed enormous success over the
years, which is a great testament to our players' ability and
commitment," said Caz. This year, the Flying Bats are
looking for experienced soccer players, soccer virgins and
everyone in between.
"We can fit you in at the level you are most skilled to
play," said Caz. "We always welcome new players and at the
beginning of each season we mount a recruitment campaign.
We will field several teams from beginner to advanced -- so
whatever your ability we can fit you in somewhere. Strikers,
midfielders, defenders and goalkeepers are all welcome.
"So too are coaches! If you think you can offer soccer
experience, support and encouragement and you'd like to
mould a team into a sleek, well-oiled unit please get in
contact." Apart from playing soccer, the Flying Bats are an
active social group who regularly get together. "The demands
of the Batty life can be fun and varied," said Caz. "Some
Batties like to party hard, some prefer a more sedate pace.
Thanks to our social organisers we cater for all, from BBQs to
cricket matches, weekends away and our annual Presentation
Night -- which had a bat theme last year.
"We promote a social atmosphere and there are plenty of
opportunities for you to meet and get to know other dykes.
Needless to say many special friendships have been formed
over the years ... "
YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE GAY TO PLAY
"Although we are a lesbian soccer club, you don't have to be a
dyke to play," said Caz. "We have one straight gal on the team
and are open to having loads more. In fact, we're open to all gals
-- we don't discriminate on sexuality, age, skills or fitness."
LOOKING FOR SPONSORS
The Flying Bats are looking for sponsorship in 2005. They say
that great promotional deals can be arranged. "Most of our
gals would do just about anything to get some publicity!,"
"We are looking for financial and other support from
would-be sponsors who may need a way to break into the
dyke market, better position themselves within the dyke
market or maybe they just want give back to our community.
"And what better way than through the Flying Bats -- a
club of active soccer mad women and supporters?"
PHOTO FIORA SACCO
KYLIE COCHRANE TALKS TO THE FLYING
BATS, SYDNEY'S LESBIAN SOCCER CLUB.
For more details on the Flying Bats, register your interest in playing
soccer or to talk about sponsorship, check out
www.theflyingbats.com, visit their stall at Fair Day, or ring
the Bat phone -- 0403 964 112.
... THE FLYING BATS ARE LOOKING FOR EXPERIENCED
SOCCER PLAYERS, SOCCER VIRGINS AND EVERYONE
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