BITS’ Hayley Beaumont and Gladstone Mudcrabs player Sheila Daly in action during the women’s match on Saturday at BITS Oval, Jacaranda Drive, Boyne Island.
BITS’ Hayley Beaumont and Gladstone Mudcrabs player Sheila Daly in action during the women’s match on Saturday at BITS Oval, Jacaranda Drive, Boyne Island. Jen Tybell

Longer season for women

THIS will be AFL Capricornia's third women's season.

The women's division was introduced to the league - which has junior and senior grades - in 2010.

The introduction of women into the sport came thanks to the persistence of one very passionate young woman, Megan Hunt.

Hunt had played for many years as part of the junior competition but once she hit 14, she was dismissed from the competition.

This ignited her passion and led to her writing a letter to AFLQ asking for a women's league.

Now the sport is played by women all across the region, with the sport just getting bigger and bigger.

"This year the women will play the full season, in the past we only played 10 rounds. This will give us the opportunity to really give it a good go and get the experience on the field," she said.

"We also have the addition of a ladies team from Glenmore which will make the competition more challenging.

"I hope to see the sport continue to gain momentum. It really is a great way to stay fit and active."

The Gladstone region is represented by two AFL clubs in the competition - the Gladstone Mudcrabs and the BITS Saints.

The Mudcrabs train Wednesday at Clinton Park from 6pm, while the Saints train Tuesdays at BITS Oval from 5.30pm. All women interested in playing or trying the sport are invited to attend these sessions.

"This year the women will play the full season, in the past we only played 10 rounds.  This will give us the opportunity to really give it a good go."



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