Just in the nick of time for the Brothers Bulldogs
AUSSIE RULES: A 60-minute meeting on Sunday morning doubled Bundaberg's representation in AFL Wide Bay's new women's competition.
In an extraordinary day for women's sport in the region, a new side and a new competition was announced and formed in the middle of Childers yesterday.
Next year, AFL Wide Bay will hold a women's competition for the first time, running from February to the end of March.
It will be held for six rounds and the top two will play off in the grand final in the week before Easter.
Originally, five sides were to enter the competition: Hervey Bay, Bay Power, Maryborough, Gympie and The Waves.
A press conference was held, with AFL Wide Bay president Mark Mason confirming the Brothers Bulldogs players would join The Waves and have one club that represented the whole of the Rum City.
Then in a dramatic string of events the Brothers Bulldogs increased Bundaberg's number to two.
"So in an hour consultation this morning (Sunday) we formed a club,” Bulldogs vice-president Stewart Tisdale said.
"Our ambassador Daniella Baulch lined up seven players interested in playing,” Tisdale said.
"Through talks with past and present players we acquired three more.”
Tisdale said the first time the Bulldogs heard about the women's competition was Thursday.
The club was told that alongside the AFL Wide Bay general meeting on Sunday the competition would be launched.
Only yesterday, once it got Baulch involved did the side formally enter the competition.
The side must now find players and a coach.
"We'll have a meeting tomorrow night, get in contact with five or six players who will hopefully tell their friends and it will work from there,” Tisdale said.
"We've been in contact with Brothers Netball Club as well and we've got two interested in joining us.
"We hope to have our coaches sorted by the end of the week.”
The club will hold a sign-on and its first training session on Wednesday at Brothers Sports Complex.
How the competition will look.
Women will have the chance to display their talents under lights next year when the new AFL Wide Bay competition starts.
The new competition, launched on Sunday, will start on February 10 and have six rounds of matches before the top two will play in the grand final on March 24.
The season will officially start the week before with a footy carnival to be held to give each side a game.
All games will be held under twilight on Saturday to make the conditions bearable for the players.
On the field there will be 16 players at one time with 15-minute quarters to be held in each game.
A minimum of 12 players must be on the field to constitute a game, with the field to shorten in size if there are less fewer than 16 players on the field.
Each side will have six interchange spots.
"We feel that by having these games at this time of the year allows other girls from other sports to still be involved,” AFL Wide Bay president Mark Mason said.
Tuesday's NewsMail will have the players' reaction to the competition.