Ready for the challenge

Published on Thursday, April 22, 2021

Author : Giacomo Bruno

Greensborough women’s premiership coach Stewart Lewis is excited by the side’s promising start to 2021 and is looking forward to the greater challenges the team will face in coming weeks.

It’s been a promising to start to the 2021 season for the Boro, who have won their opening two grading games against Whittlesea and Wallan.

Speaking to, Lewis says the COVID layoff last year gives the team an opportunity to look forward rather than looking back on the 2019 premiership success.

“We don’t want to draw too much on the 2019 season. (We) just want to focus on season 2021,” Lewis said.

“Because of the whole COVID situation, the girls got to have the chance to reset.”

Having won the 2019 Mirvac Division 3 Women’s premiership, the Boro expect to be playing up a division and Lewis wants his side fighting against stronger opponents.

“We’re going to be in a higher division this year. We want to competitive,” Lewis said.

“Obviously winning the grand final, we’ll likely land in division two [after grading games] and we want to compete.”

Despite the encouraging signs from the opening two games, Lewis is being patient in assessing where his side stands amongst the rest of the women’s competition in 2021.

“It’s hard to weigh up, because we’ve played a team (Wallan) we played in Division 3 in 2019 and a new side in Whittlesea on a rainy day. So, it’s been hard to assess exactly where we’re at,” Lewis said.

“This weekend we play Montmorency 1 and that will be a good game to see where we’re at from there.”

Greensborough has bolstered its squad with the addition of sisters Charley and Olivia McFawn.

The twins were joint winners of the YJFL Youth Girls best and fairest back in 2015 and have previously played for Diamond Creek in the VFLW.

Lewis has been pleased with the impact they have had over the opening two rounds.

“The McFawn twins have been really good. Both of which decided to play for us, and we welcomed them with open arms,” Lewis said.

“Both have polled (Coaches) votes this year and have been standouts so far.”

Another addition who has had an immediate impact has been young forward Lanarose Picioane.

Picione joined the Boro from YJFL outfit St Mary’s and has quickly found her feet at senior level.

“Lana has really stepped up to the mark this year and has done really well in the opening two rounds,” Lewis said.

Greensborough will look to continue its winning way when it hosts fellow undefeated side Montmorency 1 at Greensborough War Memorial Park from 4:10pm this Saturday.

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