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Post by scott on Tue Jun 26, 2018 5:57 pm

As reported on their facebook page today:

The Central District Football Club is pleased to announce we have been granted a license to enter a team into the SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League in 2019.

Given the disappointment of not being granted a license in 2018, it enabled us an opportunity to be better organised and prepared, and gives us the ability to be as competitive as possible.

The Club is both excited and relieved with the outcome. We will commence immediately in putting both players and officials in place to support our 2019 team.

New Club Director, Bridey Lewis, has eagerly taken on the
responsibility of the portfolio for Women’s Football, and is looking forward to the challenge.

The Club has already put some appointments in place, which will be announced shortly.

We are yet to know the full situation in regards to player regulations, and await further notification from the SANFL.

We trust that our members and supporters will get behind our new Women’s team, especially in an area that is rapidly growing.

We are keen to hear from any players or officials who wish to be involved.


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Post by scott on Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:00 pm

That brings the tally to seven teams with only Woodville West-Torrens without a women's team. I suspect the Eagles will be granted a licence to bring the competition to eight teams and that'll be it.

I doubt Port and Adelaide will ever participate. Plus with the Crows already having a women's AFL team, imagine the club being about to use the SANFL as a plaything for a reserves team! Laughing
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Post by scott on Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:04 pm

Confirmed: Woodville-West Torrens have been granted a licence as well so that makes eight teams.
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Post by Brucetiki on Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:31 pm

scott wrote:That brings the tally to seven teams with only Woodville West-Torrens without a women's team. I suspect the Eagles will be granted a licence to bring the competition to eight teams and that'll be it.

I doubt Port and Adelaide will ever participate. Plus with the Crows already having a women's AFL team, imagine the club being about to use the SANFL as a plaything for a reserves team! Laughing

The NT Thunder is Adelaide’s de facto VFLW team. Naturally the VFL has to change a few goalposts around because the Thunder were too dominant Rolling Eyes

Port aren’t even on the radar for an AFLW licence, let alone a SANFLW licence.

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Post by bayman on Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:41 pm

I wonder whether the rumours I’ve heard come to fruition & perhaps Lee will be the person that would know more than anyone else & that is “they”!want the reserves phased out & the ladies will be the curtain raiser
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Post by Brucetiki on Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:44 pm

bayman wrote:I wonder whether the rumours I’ve heard come to fruition & perhaps Lee will be the person that would know more than anyone else & that is “they”!want the reserves phased out & the ladies will be the curtain raiser

With the majority of grounds only have two change rooms how would that logistically be possible?

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Post by Brucetiki on Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:46 pm

With Centrals and Woodville entering the SANFL mens comp together, it’s somewhat a case of history repeating with the women’s league.

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Post by bayman on Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:53 pm

Brucetiki wrote:
bayman wrote:I wonder whether the rumours I’ve heard come to fruition & perhaps Lee will be the person that would know more than anyone else & that is “they”!want the reserves phased out & the ladies will be the curtain raiser

With the majority of grounds only have two change rooms how would that logistically be possible?

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Re: New Women's Teams - Central District & Eagles

Post by PhilH on Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:33 pm

Following is Media Release .... those who heard my Phil's Fire Up on Saturday's 1079 Life SANFL ONE program would know I feared a Maggies entry to the Statewide Super League, glad Central and Eagles given first preference.


SANFL Women’s League set for major expansion in 2019

The SA Football Commission has today announced that Central District and Woodville West Torrens will join the SANFL Statewide Super Women's League in 2019.

In addition, the Commission has given the green light for SANFL to explore the introduction of a women’s
Super Series competition in 2019. The Super Series would be played in winter to provide a further elite pathway to AFLW for South Australia’s most talented female players.

SANFL CEO Jake Parkinson said female participation had grown at such a significant rate over the past 12 months that it was now viable to introduce two more teams to the women’s State League.

“The rapid growth of women’s football presented many varied demands from all stakeholders and we believe the new proposed structure can deliver on many of those,” Mr Parkinson said.

“It was extremely important that we protected the integrity of the SANFLW competition whilst completing the talent pathway at SANFL clubs through the inclusion of Central District and Woodville West Torrens football clubs.

“At the same time, we want a solution to retain talented players, including those who are AFLW listed players, in South Australia in the winter. A series in winter will further challenge the elite end of the SANFLW talent, provide a local solution for AFLW listed players and provide Port Adelaide FC with an opportunity to develop talent whist meeting its aspirations to provide an avenue to entry into AFLW.”

The expansion to an eight-team competition in the Statewide Super Women’s League next year follows a detailed submission process to enter the league from both Central District and Woodville West Torrens.

Central and the Eagles will join the existing six teams – Glenelg, North Adelaide, Norwood, South Adelaide, Sturt and West Adelaide.

The competition will follow a similar format to the successful 2018 season, with seven minor rounds and a three-round finals series, kicking off in February and concluding with the grand final in April.

Statewide Super will continue as naming rights sponsor of the SANFL women’s league, as well as again contributing prize money of $20,000 – the highest amount for any women’s state league in the nation.

A proposal for a winter Super Series will be further explored with a desire for a six to nine round competition, commencing shortly after the State League season, that will comprise AFLW players and the best of SANFLW talent spread across participating teams.

Mr Parkinson said SANFL had discussed the winter competition concept with both Port Adelaide and Adelaide football clubs who were both interested in receiving more detail on the concept and would continue to work with each on the logistics and mechanics of the proposal, including team composition.

He said the new Super Series competition was a key component in “fast forwarding female talent pathways in SA”.

Key female participation statistics:

• Total number of females playing Australian Rules football in SA in 2017 was 4,678, compared to 2,741 in 2016.
• Current 2018 registration figures show 6,602 females are playing football in SA. Year to date there has been a 52 per cent increase in participation since 2017.
• In SANFL Juniors across the metro area, there are 98 girls’ teams competing in 2018, from under 8s through to under 16s, rising from 61 in 2017 and 16 in 2016.
• Four additional women’s leagues introduced this year across regional SA, with the expansion this year of existing leagues in the Limestone Coast, Barossa-Gawler and Southern regions.
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