A number of football teams in Victoria have joined together to create a new woman’s football league. Shepparton News reported that the move follows the disband of the Victorian Women’s Football League at the end of the 2016 season. The Shepparton Bears and Bendigo Kyneton decided to join forces for the new league as both teams were not at a point to have their own.
Joining Shepparton and Bendigo in the league is AFL Goulburn Murray, with the club’s Football Development Manager Trevor Mellington confirming they are “committed to running it”, and regardless of numbers it would go ahead. According to Mellington there’s a lot of interest from teams in the surrounding areas, meaning the league could be close to having eight teams.
AFL Goulburn Murray received $7,500 through our Giving4GrassrootsTM program, which Mellington said would go towards making the Women’s Football League more affordable for players to compete in. The club is hopeful that they will eventually have their own leagues and are confident that this will come with the growth of female participation in sport.
The new Women’s Football League is accepting expressions of interests until the end of January 2017.