Female football fixture released, intra-league game introduced

NEARLY HERE: The first round of the 2018 DUFFL season will be played on April 15. Stawell win open its season away against South Warrnambool. Picture: Peter Pickering.
NEARLY HERE: The first round of the 2018 DUFFL season will be played on April 15. Stawell win open its season away against South Warrnambool. Picture: Peter Pickering.

Excitement is building ahead of the second Deakin University Female Football League, with the official fixture being released this week.  Four extra teams will feature in the second season of the league.

The draw sees each team playing 10 of the 11 opponents, missing out on playing just one team in the 10 round season. Stawell miss out on playing Port Fairy.

AFL Wimmera-Mallee football development manager Jason Muldoon said he is pleased with the way the draw panned out.

“We tried to make it as fair as we possibly could,” he said.

“I think with the introduction of four new teams it was a little bit tricky to make it even but we are happy with it overall.”

One of the most interesting features is the introduction of and intra-league match in June, which will see the best players from the league’s northern sides take on the best from the south.

“It should be a good opportunity for the girls who want to step up to the next level,” Muldoon said.

WARRIORS FIXTURE

R1 – April 15: South Warrnambool (A)

R2 – April 22: Portland (H)

R3 – April 29: Timboon (A)

R4 – May 6: H Demons (H)

R5 – May 13: H Saints (A)

R6 – May 20: Hamilton (H)

R7 – May 27: Old Collegians (A)

R8 – June 3: Warrnambool Blues (H)

INTRA-LEAGUE GAME – June 10: North v South

R9 – June 17: Cobden (A)

R10: June 24: Harrow-Balmoral (H)

FINALS – July 1: All games at Pedrina Park Oval, Hamilton