• Women's AFL Exhibition Match between the Western Bulldogs and the Melbourne Demons at Highgate Reserve on March 6, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Pumped for the start of the Women’s AFL competition in 2017? The good news is you can get your footy fix sooner than expected, with three women’s exhibition games to be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS and afl.com.au in the coming months.
By
Erin Byrnes

6 Apr 2016 - 7:30 AM  UPDATED 6 Apr 2016 - 7:30 AM

Good things come in threes

With excitement around the inaugural women’s AFL season growing by the day, fans will be given a taste of what’s to come with a series of exhibition games to be broadcast live across several media platforms.

AFL General Manager Clubs and AFL Operations Travis Auld noted that having three nationally broadcast matches is a significant first for the code.

“The broadcasts will ensure the widest possible audience will see the best female talent across the country as we prepare for the inaugural national women’s competition in 2017,” he said.

Who and when

West Coast Eagles v Fremantle

Saturday, April 9

Domain Stadium

3:05pm WST / 5:05pm EST

Melbourne v Queensland

Sunday, May 22

MCG

10:05am EST

South Australia v New South Wales

Sunday, June 5

Adelaide Oval

1:05pm CST / 1:35pm EST

How you can watch

All games will be shown live on Fox Sports, with the channel number to be determined closer to game day. Don’t have Foxtel? Don’t stress. The matches will also be streamed via afl.com.au, while Crocmedia will supply live radio coverage.

“These exhibition matches are a fantastic addition to our all-encompassing coverage, adding to AFL fans’ insatiable appetite for footy.”

- Patrick Delany, CEO, FOX SPORTS

What to expect

This Saturday will see the first ever Women’s WA Derby, between the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers. The game will be played as a curtain raiser to the men’s Derby, providing the ideal chance for both teams to press their case for inclusion in the inaugural Women’s AFL competition.

Sunday May 22 sees the most successful team in women’s footy, the Melbourne Demons, take on a combined Queensland squad at the G. Fans will be able to see some of the best in the business ply their trade, including Dees captain Daisy Pearce, widely considered the game’s top player.

A showdown of a different kind will be on display at Adelaide Oval in June when South Australian faces NSW in a battle of the states. Players from both squads will not only be vying for state pride, but the opportunity to be drafted into the national competition, with teams from both SA and NSW expected to be awarded Women’s AFL licenses.