THE AFL North Coast's men will be backed up by a women's side when they travel to Inverell to defend the representative title.
AFL North Coast's Paul Taylor said the women will play the curtain raiser on Saturday and was a clear sign of how interested women were in picking up the sport.
Taylor said this followed on from the success of introducing a junior girl's competition this year.
He said there were now four junior girls teams in the region with more than 80 registered players.
While there is currently no women's Australian rules football competition, Taylor said demand was ramping up to get one started.
"We've had a lot of interest off the back of AFLW,” Taylor said.
After successful come-and-try days earlier in the year, Taylor said women from Coffs Harbour, Grafton and Port Macquarie were keen to pick up some game experience.
Last month, a women's representative team was blooded against Ballina.
Taylor said the North Coast's game in Inverell was the next development in the hope of building a women's competition in 2018.
AFL North Coast v AFL North West women will kick off at Inverell's Varley Oval at 12.15pm followed by the men at 1.45pm.