VFL Women's

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VFL Women's
VFL Women's Logo.jpg
SportAustralian rules football
Founded21 March 2016; 3 years ago (2016-03-21)
Melbourne, Victoria
Inaugural season2016
AdministratorAFL Victoria
No. of teams12
CountryAustralia
Most recent
champion(s)
Collingwood
Most titlesDarebin (2 premierships)
TV partner(s)Seven Network
(grand final only)
Related
competitions
AFL Women's
Victorian Football League
Official websitewww.vfl.com.au/women

VFL Women's (VFLW) is the major state-level women's Australian rules football league in Victoria. The league initially comprised the six Premier Division clubs and the top four Division 1 clubs from the now-defunct Victorian Women's Football League (VWFL), and has since evolved into what is also the second primary competition for AFL Women's (AFLW) clubs in Victoria. The league runs from May to September, running concurrently with the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Following the 2017 season, the competition was reconfigured to affiliate teams more closely with AFL clubs. From 2020, all ten Victorian AFL clubs will either field their own women's teams or have an affiliation of sorts with an existing club in the VFLW, with these teams making up ten of the twelve existing teams (the others being Williamstown, which is affiliated with the VFL club and Adelaide's AFLW team, and independent club Darebin). The reigning premiers are Collingwood.

History[edit]

AFL Victoria launched the VFL Women's competition on 21 March 2016, with its inaugural season featuring twelve doubleheaders with the Victorian Football League (VFL).[1] The league initially comprised the six Premier Division clubs (Darebin, Diamond Creek, Eastern Devils, Melbourne University, St Kilda Sharks and Western Spurs) and 2015's top four Division 1 clubs (Cranbourne, Geelong Magpies, Knox and Seaford) from the Victorian Women's Football League (VWFL). Melbourne University already had an existing partnership with Australian Football League (AFL) club North Melbourne.[2] Following the 2016 season, the Geelong Magpies were replaced with the AFL-aligned Geelong Cats, and Knox's license was purchased by Box Hill (renamed Hawthorn in 2018 to align with the AFL club).

Following the inaugural AFL Women's (AFLW) season in 2017, the league made further changes to the competition to affiliate clubs more directly with AFL clubs and the AFL Women's competition. Five other foundation clubs departed, leaving Darebin, Melbourne University and Western Spurs (renamed the Western Bulldogs in 2018 to align with the AFL club) as the only remaining foundation clubs. The departing clubs were replaced by the AFL-aligned Carlton, Collingwood, Essendon, Richmond and Southern Saints, the VFL-aligned Casey and Williamstown, and the North East Australian Football League (NEAFL)-aligned Northern Territory;[3] Northern Territory aligned with Adelaide's AFLW team, giving Crows players an opportunity to play in the Victorian competition.[4]

In 2019, Greater Western Sydney's AFLW team played five invitational matches in Victoria against teams having a bye.[5] Following the 2019 season, AFL Northern Territory ended Northern Territory's involvement in the NEAFL and VFLW competitions,[6] and Williamstown aligned with Adelaide in Northern Territory's place.[7] Melbourne University's license was also taken over by North Melbourne, ending the clubs' ten-year partnership and allowing North Melbourne to field its own standalone team.[8]

Clubs[edit]

Current clubs[edit]

Club Colours Moniker Home venue Main affiliate Secondary affiliate Est. Seasons Premierships
First Total Total Most recent
Carlton Carlton AFL icon.svg Blues Princes Park Carlton (AFL) 1864 2018 2 0
Casey AFL Melbourne Icon.jpg Demons Casey Fields Casey (VFL) Melbourne (AFL) 1902 2018 2 0
Collingwood Collingwood icon.svg Magpies Victoria Park Collingwood (AFL) 1892 2018 2 1 2019
Darebin Darebin VFLW icon.png Falcons Bill Lawry Oval Independent women's club 1990 2016 4 2 2017
Essendon EssendonDesign.svg Bombers Windy Hill Essendon (AFL) 1871 2018 2 0
Geelong Cats AFL Geelong Icon.jpg Cats Kardinia Park Geelong (AFL) 1859 2017 3 0
Hawthorn AFL Hawthorn Icon.jpg Hawks Box Hill City Oval Hawthorn (AFL) 1902 2017 3 1 2018
North Melbourne AFL North Melbourne Icon.jpg Kangaroos Arden Street Oval North Melbourne (AFL) 1869 2020 0 0
Richmond AFL Richmond Icon.jpg Tigers Punt Road Oval Richmond (AFL) 1885 2018 2 0
Southern Saints AFL St Kilda Icon.jpg Saints Trevor Barker Oval St Kilda (AFL) Frankston (VFL) 1873 2018 2 0
Western Bulldogs AFL Footscray Icon.jpg Bulldogs Whitten Oval Western Bulldogs (AFL) 1877 2016 4 0
Williamstown VFL Williamstown Icon.png Seagulls Williamstown Cricket Ground Williamstown (VFL) Adelaide (AFLW) 1864 2018 2 0

Former clubs[edit]

Honours[edit]

Darebin's 2017 premiership team

Premiers[edit]

Lambert–Pearce Medal[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "VFL Women's fixture release". AFL Victoria. 21 March 2016.
  2. ^ Pierik, Jon (11 October 2017). "Victorian stadium upgrade plan likely by end of year, says state government". The Age. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Three clubs depart in revamped VFLW comp". afl.com.au. 4 November 2017. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Thunder rolls into VFL Women's in 2018". AFL Northern Territory. 9 November 2017. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  5. ^ Black, Sarah (20 December 2018). "Giants to play five VFLW games in 2019". womens.afl. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  6. ^ McGowan, Marc (12 September 2019). "Thunder no more: AFLNT confirms no NEAFL and VFLW teams". afl.com.au. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  7. ^ Black, Sarah (27 September 2019). "Crows align with VFLW club Williamstown". womens.afl. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Kangaroos hop into VFLW 2020". vfl.com.au. 1 November 2019. Retrieved 2 November 2019.

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