Female KickStart Championships underway

Inaugural National Female KickStart Championships kick off

The inaugural National Female Indigenous KickStart Championships kicked off at Melbourne’s Victoria Park yesterday

Supported by the Coles AFL Indigenous Program and The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA), the five-day Championships will see seven teams represented at Under 18 level, including all States and Territories.

Queensland has made a good start, defeating New South Wales in its first match 5.8.38 to 2.2.1 and narrowly losing to powerhouse state Victoria by a kick, 4.3.27 to 3.3.21.

AFL Head of Diversity Jason Mifsud said the Championships ensure the AFL is growing the reach and impact with Indigenous Australia.

“The National Female KickStart Championships is the first targeted female Indigenous strategy pursued to support the key objective of driving participation and talent outcomes.

“It will also enable the AFL to drive other social outcomes such as health, education, leadership and employment objectives with Indigenous females.

“We would like to thank FaHCSIA for its significant contribution to the National Female KickStart Championships and Coles for its tremendous support and commitment to the Coles AFL Indigenous program.”

The Championships will form the basis for selection to compete in the National Female Youth Championships as part of the AFL Indigenous Female Youth team. The AFL’s Chris Johnson and Xavier Clarke will head the selection process.

Match schedule

Monday September 9

10:30am: QLD v NSW/ACT    11:30am: NT v SA       12:30pm: WA v TAS  

1:30pm: VIC v QLD    2:30pm: SA v NSW/ACT         3:30pm: TAS v NT

4:30pm: VIC v WA 

Tuesday September 10

10:00am: SA v Tas      11:00am: VIC v NT     12:00pm: QLD v WA  

1:00pm: TAS v NSW/ACT     2:00pm: SA v VIC   3:00pm: NT v QLD  

4:00pm: WA v NSW/ACT

Thursday September 12

10:00am: SA v WA     11:00am: QLD v TAS     12:00pm: VIC v NSW/ACT 1:00pm: NT v WA       2:00pm: SA v QLD         3:00pm: VIC v TAS  

4:00pm: NT v NSW/ACT

Friday September 13

9:30am: Female KickStart Grand Final

11:30-12:30pm: Presentation

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