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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Women get own country week competition

Female country footballers will get the opportunity to represent their leagues for the first time when the inaugural Women’s Country Week competition is held later this year.
The WA Country Football League board voted to set up the competition at their annual general meeting on Saturday night, with the event to be held in Perth on July 6 and 7, a week before the men’s and colts.
This comes after two years of exhibition games, which were both dominated by a representative team from the South West Football League.
Current Fremantle Docker and former Carlton midfielder Katie Grieves played in the first exhibition match back in 2017, before going on to be drafted by the Blues, showing a pathway for footballers to follow.
WACFL acting general manager Brent Sheridan said the league was hopeful of four to six teams would compete.
“It’s on the back of the fact that we have now at least eight senior women’s comps in WA that is growing in leaps and bounds,” he said. “The South West is a well-structured competition and is now a staple of the football landscape.
“The excitement within our network is huge and we are excited to have the platform for the girls to show their talent on the football field. That is the intention. It will largely depend on how many teams we get.
“The format is something we hope to finalise ahead of the country football seasons starting.”
Sheridan acknowledged teams from across regional WA would be chasing the SWFL, who had an eight-team competition which has been running for two seasons.
“That is a challenge for the rest of the sides,” he said.
“We have seen how solid the South West have been for the past couple of years.
“It is a new platform for us and is going to be incredibly exciting. The SW have shown they have been dominant in the past, as they have been in the colts and league as well.”
The WACFL is set to finalise the teams participating in the competition within the next few months.