Female footy in Dalby kicking goals

Female football in Dalby is kicking goals, with the Dalby Swans entering the newly re-launched AFL Darling Downs U17 youth girls competition.

The season got underway on Sunday (14th February) with Dalby fielding an U17 team for the very first time.

AFL Competition Manager, Mitch Simpson, said the future of female footy in the Downs was looking bright.

“It’s great to have Dalby join the competition alongside Downlands College, Toowoomba Tigers and a composite Toowoomba schools-based side,” he said.

“Round one on Sunday was a fantastic success; there was great support for the girls and strong team numbers.”

“Our aim is to not only provide participation opportunities for female footballers but to establish a long-term sustainable female pathway between our junior programs and the AFL Darling Downs senior women’s competition.”

The season is a compact 7-week format based out of Kratzke Oval at Highfields and will run on Sunday mornings right up until the Grand Final on March 28th.

“It’s great to be staging this competition alongside the NAB AFL Women’s competition,” said Mr Simpson.

“Following on from the drafting of Dalby junior Zimmorlei Farquharson to the Lions AFLW side and add to that the success of the Lions team to date, interest in female footy is continuing to gain momentum across the region.”

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