The 2018 MBCM Northern Country Women’s League season kicks off in earnest this Sunday.
Following the success of the inaugural 2017 season the league has split with AFL Central Victoria and will welcome two new clubs to the fold.
MBCM NCWL Chairman Chris Thomas is looking forward to the new season getting underway.
“This is the first year with a Goulburn Murray region specific women’s league, after a great start when our foundation teams started last season, combining with AFL Central Victoria to launch our first season” he said.
“Such was the growth in popularity, and interest from extra teams, both regions were able to separate into their own unique Women’s League competitions for this season.”
“And so we welcome new teams, Nathalia and Rumbalara to join our current clubs Benalla Saints, Shepparton, Mooroopna, Echuca and Kerang as female football takes another massive stride forward in 2018.”
“The Mass Nutrition Cup, our new pre season competition, was a massive success, and provided a great innovative platform to have all the teams in one area, play competitive matches and launch the new season with a big gala day.”
“This season has also expanded from the 2017 edition with extra games added following feedback from the clubs, who were keen to start earlier than last year. This follows an expanded Youth Girls competition in the Shepparton DJFL and is a further reinforcement of the pathway development in female football.”
“In a great showcase for our League’s best talent we are also introducing an interleague program and our selectors will pick a NCWL representative team to play against the Central Victorian League on the 15th July in Bendigo.”
“In the first round of matches Mass Nutrition Cup premiers Shepparton host newcomers Rumbalara on Sunday at Kialla Park Recreation Reserve, Nathalia travel to Benalla Saints to make their NCWL debut whilst Kerang host Mooroopna. Echuca receive the bye first up.”