AFL Victoria has confirmed the position of the remaining 2017 Swisse Wellness VFL Women’s clubs, for the expanded 2018 competition.
In changes from the 2017 structure, Diamond Creek, Eastern Devils and St Kilda Sharks have informed AFL Victoria they will not be continuing in the VFL Women’s competition, while premiers Darebin and Melbourne Uni have committed to the league for next season.
AFL Victoria Competitions Manager John Hook wished to thank the three departing clubs for the role they played in establishing a state-league competition for women, with their community level teams now their key focus into the future.
“These clubs have played a significant role in the development of women’s football from the VWFL through to being foundation clubs in the VFL Women’s competition,” Hook said.
“They have been leaders in providing opportunities for players and officials to develop in their regions, while building strong community relationships to help grow the game.
“Each club has a rich history in women’s football, and should be acknowledged for the role they have played over many years at the highest level.
“These clubs will continue to lead the way in women’s football, as they focus on the next generation of players and coaches at a community level.”
The third season of the state-league women’s competition will see Box Hill Hawks, Darebin, Geelong and Melbourne Uni, joined by Casey Demons, Carlton, Collingwood, Essendon, Richmond, St Kilda (Southern Saints), Western Bulldogs (VU Western Spurs) and Williamstown next year.
The 2018 VFL Women’s season will start in May, with the full fixture to be released by mid-December.