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We need a team effort: Heathcote women face long drive to play footy

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March 02, 2018

IT’S looking like females from Heathcote will have to continue to travel if they want to play football.

With the rising participation levels in women’s football since the introduction of the AFLW, AFL Country Victoria and AFL Goulburn Valley decided to split their joint competition last year and form two different leagues for the 2018 season.

In 2017, the AFL saw a 22 per cent increase in female participation nationwide.

In the newly formed competition, Bendigo Thunder, Kangaroo Flat, Kyneton, North Bendigo and Strathfieldsaye have entered teams to date.

Unfortunately for Heathcote women wanting a game, all these teams are at least half an hour away.

AFL Country Victoria regional general manager Carol Cathcart said she has held no talks with the Heathcote Football Club.

“We would love a team from Heathcote to put their hand up if they can get a team together,” Mrs Cathcart said.

“We have held discussions with Huntly and they are still hopeful that they can put a team forward — we are accepting teams up until the end of the month.

“In Victoria alone last year we went from 300 women’s teams to 600, so for us it’s about providing opportunities for women all over country Victoria with an opportunity to play football.

“We will accept new teams until the end of this month with plans for practice matches to be held on April 15.”

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