GROWING POPULARITY: Women's Aussie rules is now firmly established on the Coffs Coast after a breakout year.
GROWING POPULARITY: Women's Aussie rules is now firmly established on the Coffs Coast after a breakout year. AFL NSWACT

Strong interest drafts in women's Aussie rules comp

THE watershed date to the formation of the North Coast Women's AFL competition will coincide with round one of the 2018 AFLW season.

A local player draft will be held on Saturday, February 3.

After more than 60 women showed interest in playing last season, it was obvious a women's competition was needed.

AFL North Coast Football Operations Manager Paul Taylor said all involved in local Aussie rules were excited about the introduction of a women's competition.

"In 2017 we introduced a hugely successful youth girls competition and the girls loved the chance to play footy,” Taylor said.

"From there we received so may calls from women wanting to play that put a plan in place to start a women's competition this season and the response has been overwhelming.

"We will now have a complete pathway for girls, starting at Auskick and going right through to women's footy, including opportunities for talented players to pursue their dreams.”

With growing interest, the purpose of the talent draft is to evenly distribute talent across the four teams to allow the competition to grow.

The competition is open to players 16 years and older with no previous experience needed.

Teams will operated under existing senior club names: Coffs Breakers, Sawtell/Toormina Saints, Grafton Tigers and Port Macquarie Magpies.

Matches will be played on Saturdays.

For more about the draft and competition, or to nominate, phone 6659 6000.

The AFLW season starts on the weekend of February 2-4.



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