Shock inclusion makes for six-team women's AFL Wide Bay comp
WIDE Bay is all-in on its new six-team female Aussie rules competition.
Sunday's launch, held in Childers, was outgoing AFL Wide Bay president Mark Mason's final act in the role.
His announcement of a new open women's five-team competition to be contested by Bay Power, Hervey Bay Bombers, Maryborough Bears, The Waves and Gympie Cats, included a major surprise in the form of Brothers Bulldogs.
The plan was for one Bundaberg team, comprised of players linked to both The Waves and Brothers.
Mason spoke to Brothers representatives about being present at the launch, but Daniella Baulch's arrival in full playing kit signalled a surprising, and positive, step for female Aussie rules.
"They decided yesterday,” Mason said. "It's good. It has to be driven by the girls (to be successful).
"They've got a few people who can focus on the women's team, and now they've announced it they've got something to drive it.
"It's fantastic. Our girls were starved of competition but we had to do it professionally and properly.
"It's not too long a season that its demanding, and it's at a time where athletes from other sports can give our sport a go.”
The competition will run in a home and away format.