Three New Teams in BDAFL Women's Competition in 2018
On the eve of the BDAFL Women's Round, the Black Diamond AFL have announced that Port Stephens, Terrigal Avoca and The Entrance Bateau Bay have all announced their intention to field teams in the 2018 GE Women's competition.
Whilst Terrigal Avoca and The Entrance Bateau Bay teams will compliment their existing club structure, Port Stephens will be joining the Black Diamond AFL for the first time.
At the teams launch today, which was attended by BDAFL President, Mr Wal Bembic and Nelson Bay Women's Coach, Lauren Cooper, Port Stephens spokeman Mr Beau Pitcher was excited to enter the senior football arena.
"The whole club is excited to be able to field a women's team in 2018 and already the interest shown around the community has been very positive. We will commence training next Tuesday night at Ferodale Oval, Medowie and we welcome anyone who would like to join us to come along" Pitcher said.
The club will also look to field a youth girls side in 2018.
Cooper, who is a Port Stephens junior, was excited that her junior club will be fielding a women's team.
"It is fantastic for the club and also for the women's competition. I wish it happened ten years ago" Cooper said.
Cooper has also offered her support in assisting the club.
Bembic was equally enthusiastic about Port Stephens joining the BDAFL.
"There is real excitement around the club and to have the turnout like they have today, on Friday afternoon for the launch augers well for the future" Bembic said.
Being one of the powerhouses of the Black Diamond Cup, Terrigal Avoca will now turn their attention to the women's competition and believe it was a natural progression for the club.
"We have always been interested in fielding a women's team however we wanted to make sure we had the infrastructure right in the club to accomodate a women's team" Terrigal Avoca President, Chris Aitken said.
"This year the junior club is fielding Under 14 and Under 17 Youth Girls teams, both with good numbers, and a women's team now gives these girls a pathway to continue to play AFL" he added.
The club intends launching their women's team at the clubs home game on 29 July.
Whilst The Entrance Bateau Bay may have struggled in the Black Diamond Plate competition in 2017, the club has been working feverishly behind the scenes to establish a women's team in 2018, a move that they believe is important for the clubs future.
" Even though we won the Second Division competition in 2016, the committee acknowledged that the club needed to have two teams and identified a women's team as that team" The Entrance Bateau Bay President, Trent Allen said.
"Over the years we have had very good Youth Girls teams, however with no women's team these girls have either stopped playing or joined other BDAFL Women's teams. We have already approx 8 girls commit to play and we will be approaching all the girls who have played for the club previously to try and get them back to the club" he added.
The addition of these teams continues the massive growth of women's football in the BDAFL which commenced in 2015 with six teams and will possibly have 15 teams in 2018.