Port Stephens Power AFC have officially joined the Black Diamond Women’s AFL for 2018.
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2018 will see the BDAFL Women’s field 16 teams across the Hunter & Central Coast with Port being one of four new clubs joining the league.
Coach Tony Merritt told News Of The Area, “Come on down and give AFL a go!”
“It is a great sport to be a part of, we will welcome anyone who wants to have fun while putting in the effort to contribute towards developing us into a competitive football club in the BDAFL”
Mel Nelson, player in the Women’s team and President of Port Stephens AFC told News Of The Area, “Female footy is growing at a rapid rate in the Hunter and I cannot wait to run onto the oval for Round one, and experience it first-hand with my children cheering me on from the sideline.”
Mel’s three children also play AFL at Port in the junior league.
She said, “I know that them watching me play a game of their favorite sport on Saturday, and then me cheering them on in their games on Sunday will bring us closer as a family and create memories that will last a lifetime.”
BDAFL president Wal Bembic said, “Black Diamond AFL is hoping that the new enterprise in Port Stephens can go from strength-to-strength in the upcoming years.”
“Part of our strategy going forward was giving any area that has AFL a club to build the region up.”
“There’s a lot of potential in Port Stephens and they have a fantastic junior club,” he said.
The competition will commence on April 7, 2018 with all grand finals to be held on September 1, 2018.
The home and away season will run for 18 weeks with all teams playing 16 matches and having two byes.
Finals will consist of a top seven elimination series that will be run over three weeks.
Training returns Tuesday 2nd January for the Port team at Ferodale Oval, Medowie from 5pm Tuesdays and Thursdays.
For more information contact Mel Nelson on 0412067251 or firstname.lastname@example.org
By Rachael VAUGHAN