AFL Central Victoria celebrated and promoted the success of regional AFLW football at the QEO yesterday.
It took eight years to grow the first 100 female teams in Victoria, two years to grow the next 100 teams and took 1 year to grow the next 100 teams, this was in 2016.
The Bendigo Junior Football League started Youth Girls (U/18) in 2011 with 5 teams. They introduced U/12’s in 2015 and this year the U/15 competition. From just 5 teams in 2011 they now have 24 teams. This is up 8 teams from last year.
In addition, there are 3 teams from our region competing in the newly formed Northern Country Women’s League.
The celebration included two games of female football, a clinic and a function.
Bendigo Thunder won both of their games vs Kerang in the Northern Country Women's League and vs Melbourne Uni in the Northern Football League.
The clinic for primary school girls conducted by AFL W’s Hayley Trevean (Carlton) and Elise Strachan (Melbourne) was well attended.
The function included an open mike hosted by Kate Sheahan, who played for Collingwood in the inaugural season of AFLW and has recently been appointed as Richmond's AFL Women's Football Operations Manager, who interviewed Emma Grant (Collingwood), Jessica Kennedy and Hayley Trevean (Carlton) and Elise Strachan (Melbourne). The girls provided insightful answers to the questions and provided some great information to attendees.