Third year of Great Southern Football League Women's (GSFLW) competition kicks off this Sunday

LEADERS: GSFLW captains Chelsea, Tara, Olivia, Megan, Morgan, Katrina, Skye, Courtney, Patty, and Ellie at the GSFLW launch. Photo: Dani Brown.
LEADERS: GSFLW captains Chelsea, Tara, Olivia, Megan, Morgan, Katrina, Skye, Courtney, Patty, and Ellie at the GSFLW launch. Photo: Dani Brown.

Local footy in the Great Southern Football League gets underway this Sunday, March 17 as the opening round of the women’s competition kicks off.

This will be the second year women’s football has been played in this league for premiership points, with the first season being non-competitive.

Last year's Great Southern Football League Women's (GSFLW) grand final, between McLaren and Strathalbyn at McLaren Vale Oval, was played in front of an impressive crowd.

The season has been extended in 2019 to see all eight Great Southern Football League clubs play each other twice in the minor round.

Once again, the competition will see three grades played: under 13 girls, under 16 girls and over 16/open women.

Games will be played on two venues each Sunday in a carnival style format, with games at 10.10am and 1.40pm for the open women's teams. Under 16s are at 9am and 12.30pm, with all under 13s at 11.30am. 

The season has been extended in 2019 to see all eight Great Southern Football League clubs (Encounter Bay, Goolwa/Port Elliot, McLaren, Mount Compass, Strathalbyn, Victor Harbor, Willunga and Yankalilla) play each other twice in the minor round.

There will be a top four finals series played at the end of the regular season.

The opening part of the season will see several stars of the competition missing as now fewer than 16 GSFLW players are playing in teams in the SANFL Women's competition and have commitments at that level until sometime in May.

This is a testament to the level of competition and quality of the players that the league has harboured.

Needless to say, the captains of the open women's teams were excited when they all got together at the Mount Compass Oval last Thursday for a catch up, some banter and to launch the upcoming season.

The opening round will be played at Encounter Bay and Mount Compass Ovals.

At Encounter Bay, Goolwa/Port Elliot takes on Willunga before Encounter Bay plays Yankalilla.

Mount Compass Oval will see Mount Compass playing against reigning premiers Strathalbyn before Victor Harbor faces McLaren.

Entry is free, and the public is invited to have a look and see just how good these girls are.

The full women's program is available for viewing at the GSFL SportsTG website.

This story Women take the field first appeared on The Times.

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