Female Footy heads to the Downs

The Darling Downs region is in the planning stages of a new women’s competition for 2013.

The Darling Downs looks set to be home of Queensland’s newest AFL Women’s league with plans underway to introduce a women’s competition in 2013.

Female football has taken off in the region and a localised women’s competition would prevent talented players making the fortnightly trip to Brisbane to play.

The proposed women’s league would be a fortnightly, modified competition in 2013 with views to expand as female football cements itself in the local sporting landscape.

The region already has a wealth of female footballing talent with a number of players being selected in Youth Girls and Under 18 representative teams.

“It would be fantastic to see a localised women’s competition get underway,” AFL Queensland Darling Downs development officer Jeff Neumann said.

“We have so many young ladies wanting to play AFL but they currently have to make the trek down to Brisbane to play.”

Cassie Cullen, Kaspar-Lee Hicks and Gabbie Richmond-Clay all play for Mt Gravatt in the under 18 south-east Queensland competition, making a trip to Brisbane every second week in order to play.

Likewise, 2012 under 18 Queensland representatives Isabella Baldock, Marnie McGorm and Jade Loch pull on their boots fortnightly playing for Coorparoo in the same competition.

“It’s only in the planning stages but it looks like it will go ahead in 2013 as a modified competition,” Neumann said.

“We’ve had some interest and it’s pretty exciting for the region.”

Next year will prove a promising year for the Darling Downs with the Chinchilla SUNS and South Burnett Saints looking to join the region as well as the introduction of the women’s competition.

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