Players and club officials from Hervey Bay, Brothers, The Waves, Bay Power and Maryborough with outgoing AFL Wide Bay president Mark Mason.
Players and club officials from Hervey Bay, Brothers, The Waves, Bay Power and Maryborough with outgoing AFL Wide Bay president Mark Mason.

Bulldogs coming in is great for AFL Wide Bay women's comp

AUSSIE RULES: Sunday was a historic moment for women's sport in the region with a fully fledged AFL Wide Bay competition coming next year for the ladies.

I was privileged to hear what the five ladies who represented their clubs had to say about the competition and the start of it next year.

The feeling of belonging, to play something the boys have done for a while, and the chance to strut their stuff really struck home why this competition is needed.

Next year in the region any woman can play one of the top three football codes - Aussie rules, rugby league and football - at senior level for the first time ever.

A decade ago, this would have been a pipe dream.

Now girls have a pathway to make it to the top in almost every sport, which should be something every organisation in the region can be proud of.

It's also great to see all clubs on board immediately with the AFL Wide Bay competition, a first for women's sport in the region.

Not all Bundaberg Rugby League and Football Wide Bay clubs are represented with a female side.

AFL Wide Bay deserve to be applauded, despite the last club, Brothers Bulldogs, taking until the final moment to commit.

After yesterday's announcement, some people said the commitment from the Bulldogs could have showed the competition isn't organised, or that it won't work.

I think the complete opposite.

When Brothers Bulldogs saw the organisation from AFL Wide Bay and the commitment from the other clubs, The Waves, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Bay Power and Gympie, it forced them into action.

Bulldogs vice president Stewart Tisdale said they didn't want to be left out as the only club not involved.

That speaks volumes for the competition.

Everyone wants to be involved and everyone wants it to work.

You just have to look at the lengths Daniella Baulch went to to make sure the Bulldogs got involved.

Multiple phone calls in an hour and enough player interest turned a dream into a reality.

If the players are as committed to their football as that, the competition will be just fine.

Now all that is left is for women to join.

If women want to get into the sport, give it a go and have fun, the time to get into it is now.



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