Women set for biggest year yet

It’s been a big weekend for the SEQAFL Women’s League.

This season is set to be the biggest yet for the SEQAFL Women’s League.

As well as expanding to a nine-team competition, the league has picked up a new major sponsor in the Pineapple Hotel.

The Pineapple Hotel has a long association with Aussie rules in Queensland, and part-owner, Craig Singleton, said the hotel was excited to come on board with the women’s competition this season.

“We want to give the girls support and contribute in a different way to football in Queensland,” he said.

“Women’s footy is a growing sport and we are really keen to get involved and try to help them gain more awareness.”

AFL Queensland community football manager, Cherie Brockwell, said the sponsorship would be a huge boost for the women’s competition.

“It is great to have the Pineapple Hotel involved with the women’s league this season and we are very excited about the partnership,” she said.

“We are very grateful for all the support that the Pineapple has given AFL in Queensland over the years and this is another major step forward for the sport.”

It was a big weekend on the field for the league as well, with the first round of the 2013 competition kicking off.

Three new sides have joined the league this season, with Caboolture and Coorparoo making their debuts in round one, while University of Queensland started with a bye.

2012 premiers, Yeronga, edged out Coorparoo in a tough match on Saturday, finishing up 7.6.(48 ) – 5.11 (41) victors in their opening clash.

Logan Cobras gave the Caboolture Lions a tough initiation, running out 5.17 (47) – 1.0 (6) winners in their match yesterday.

Last year’s grand finalists, Zillmere Eagles, asserted themselves straight away with a 7.12 (54) – 3.1 (19) win over Griffith Moorooka yesterday.

The scheduled match betwen Palm Beach Currumbin and Kedron was cancelled.

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