Three AFL Victoria Region Commissions have joined forces to establish the inaugural Northern Victoria Women’s League in season 2017.
A Committee of Management representing AFL Goulburn Murray, AFL Central Victoria and AFL Central Murray has come together to cater for the overwhelming response for a local women’s competition.
Eight clubs have already registered their interest in entering a team, with Benalla Saints, Bendigo Thunder, Echuca, Kerang, Kyneton, Mooroopna, Northern Bendigo and Shepparton provisionally accepted into the competition.
AFL Goulburn Murray Region General Manager Martin Gleeson is excited by the response received.
“The feedback and enthusiasm coming from clubs has been fantastic about the concept and the introduction of the competition” he said.
“The plan was to create a sustainable League locally so that women did not have to travel to Melbourne every second week to play and to grow immediately from two teams last year to eight has exceeded our initial expectations.”
“The accepted clubs have been requested to provide a preliminary player list by 1 March to confirm their place in the League for this season and after that the competition will be finalised and a fixture prepared.”
“The competition will be managed from the AFL Goulburn Murray office with the Committee of Management put in place to provide the competition’s governance and direction.”
“It is not too late for other teams to enter the competition but they will need to register their interest and be able to provide a preliminary player list by 1 March.”
AFL Central Victoria Football Development Manager Tony McNamara credits progressive thinking as a key catalyst to the competition’s immediate acceptance.
“Having eight teams show interest in the initial stages is a great outcome and further demonstrates the massive growth in opportunities for women to play football,” he said.
“No doubt the success of the AFLW has greatly helped and along with our Women’s League coming to life the number of Youth Girls players is also growing.”
“There is a real energy around the competition and it is an exciting time as we continue to put everything in place over the next few weeks and the season will commence at the end of April or early May.”
For more information please contact AFL Central Victoria Football Development Manager Tony McNamara on 0419 103 178, AFL Goulburn Murray Football Development Manager Trevor Mellington on 0400 514 289, AFL Central Murray Football Development Manager Jamie Macri on 0407 216 719 or AFL Goulburn Murray Region General Manager Martin Gleeson on 0413 040 849.