Level playing field what women want
AUSSIE RULES: Bundaberg's Jessica Faithfull has been waiting years for her chance to shine in Aussie rules.
The former Wide Bay representative player in high school always wanted to play the game at senior level but couldn't with no competition in Bundaberg.
Now, Faithfull will get her wish, playing as captain for The Waves in the new AFL Wide Bay competition.
The six-team competition for women will start next February with six rounds to be held before a grand final on March 24.
The Waves, Brothers Bulldogs, Bay Power, Hervey Bay Bombers, Maryborough Bears and Gympie Cats will take to the field.
"I'm so excited for this," Faithfull said.
"I put my hand up straight away and said what can I do to get involved."
Faithfull's passion for the sport came through her father and grandfather, who both played the game.
She said it was tough supporting the game with nowhere to play it.
"There's nowhere else we can go to play the game we love so much," she said.
"We either have to play something else or stop playing sport all together."
Thankfully that will all change next year but it's been a similar story for Bay Power's Montanna Lees.
She said, with the introduction of the competition, girls were finally getting equality and acceptance.
"I really want to see it like (this) so we can be treated like we matter as well," the passionate footballer said.
"We've always watched the boys play.
"It's better now the girls are in because we can join in and kick a footy around."
Bombers representative Taylah King said having the competition at home would prevent players from playing down on the Sunshine Coast.
Brothers Bulldog Daniella Baulch, who helped form the side, said her husband gave her motivation to get involved.
"He pushed me into playing," she said.
"I wasn't originally going to play but I did get into AFL 9s this year and I had heaps of fun doing that.
"It's a bit of something different - a different activity and not so rough."
Brothers will have their first training session tomorrow night at the Brothers Sports Complex with the Eagles training at 6pm today at Frank Coulthard Oval.
Both clubs welcome anyone who wants to join the sides for a game.