The Western Bulldogs are giving female athletes the opportunity to be part of their squad for 2018, hosting an AFLW Testing Day on Monday, June 12 at VU Whitten Oval in Footscray.
With AFLW lists beings extended by the league, the Bulldogs now have three rookie spots to fill for next season, with those recruits being eligible to be upgraded to the senior list in the event of an injury to any of their teammates.
To qualify for a rookie spot, a female athlete must not have played Australian rules football in the three years up until April 1, 2017 (i.e. this year being your first season is okay), or involved in an AFL high performance program in the last three years (State Academy or TAC Cup Girls).
The testing will take place on the afternoon of the Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday, running from 1pm until 3pm.
Interested females are to complete the registration form by 9am Friday June 9, with the Western Bulldogs to advise successful applicants via email before the close of business on Friday.
For those participants that miss out on being offered a rookie spot by the Western Bulldogs, there is still the opportunity to be drafted by the red, white and blue in October, with the Doggies having seven picks in the AFLW Draft, including pick one.
Nominations for the draft open in October.
Female athletes that have been signed so far as rookies for the 2018 AFLW season include:
Adelaide: Becchara Palmer (beach volleyball)
Carlton: Maddison Gay (netball) and Kerryn Harrington (basketball)
Collingwood: Eliza Hynes (volleyball) and Georgie Parker (hockey)
Melbourne: Kate Hore (basketball)