The AFL gets serious about promoting their proposed 2017 national competition and gives the current crop of players the chance to showcase their AFL talent this year.
By
Alison Smirnoff

Source:
Change Her Game
25 Feb 2016 - 11:30 AM  UPDATED 25 Feb 2016 - 3:22 PM

The AFL has announced a 10-game Women’s Exhibition Series to be played throughout 2016.

Across three rounds between March and September, the games will be played in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane.

Players currently training in state academies will compete in Round One, while Round Two will feature the best players from around the country in state representative matches.

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The final round will be a showpiece stand-alone match between the Western Bulldogs and Melbourne for the Hampson-Hardeman Cup. This match will be played in the bye weekend between Round 23 and the first week of the Toyota AFL Finals Series. The Melbourne and Western Bulldogs teams for this game will include the best women’s football talent in the country. A Youth Girls All-Stars match featuring the country’s best under-18 talent will be played as a curtain raiser.

With a national women’s competition being slated for 2017, this 2016 series provides the perfect opportunity for state academy players to showcase their talent.

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Broadcast of the women's AFL exhibition series

Broadcast details of the 10 match series are yet to be finalised with AFL General Manager Game and Market Development Simon Lethlean saying, “We are currently working with our venue and broadcast partners to maximise access and coverage opportunities throughout the exhibition match series.”

There will be audio coverage for all matches, which will be steamed live via afl.com.au.

Women's AFL exhibition game details

All times are local.

Round 1

 

Melbourne v Western Bulldogs     

  • 5.10pm Sunday March 6            
  • Highgate Recreational Reserve, Craigieburn

 

SANFL All Stars

  • 10.40am Saturday April 2
  • Adelaide Oval

Sydney Swans v GWS Giants

  • 1.40pm Saturday April 9
  • SCG

West Coast Eagles v Fremantle

  • 3.10pm Saturday April 9
  • Domain Stadium

Northern Territory v Tasmania

  • 12.10pm Sunday April 10
  • Peanut Reserve, St Kilda

Brisbane Lions v Gold Coast Suns

  • 7.40pm Saturday April 16
  • Gabba

Round 2

Melbourne v Queensland

  • 10.40am Sunday May 22
  • MCG

Western Bulldogs v Western Australia

  • 12.40pm Sunday June 5
  • Etihad Stadium

South Australia v New South Wales

  • 1.10pm Sunday June 5
  • Adelaide Oval

Round 3 – Hampson-Hardeman Cup

Western Bulldogs v Melbourne

  • 7.20pm Saturday September 2
  • Venue TBC