The collective – a joint initiative of the Eastern Football League, AFL Yarra Ranges, AFL South East and Southern Football Netball League – will see the Yea Tigers field Murrindindi Shire‘s first women’s Australian Rules football team.
The Tigers seek girls aged 12 to 16 years to join the districts’ first women’s football team and become part of this historic occasion with training on Monday and Wednesday afternoon at 4:30pm at the Yea Recreation Reserve.
The Tigers will play Yarra Glen, Seville, Monbulk, Woori Yallock, Worawa and Belgrave in the inaugural Eastern Region Women’s Football Under 16 Competition.
Eastern Football League CEO Phil Murton is pleased with the growth in female football over the past few seasons, stating in an AFLW media release that
“The Eastern Region Girls Competition grew from 12 teams in 2015 to 37 in 2016 and we are on target to get up to 70 …″
“With the growth, we need an expanded senior pathway for these girls to follow and the establishment of a senior women’s competition was the natural progression.
“With the management of senior women’s footy being regionalised, we believe the approach we are taking with AFL Yarra Ranges, AFL South East and the Southern Football [and] Netball League has the potential to create a wonderful structure for the growth of senior women’s footy,” Murton said.