The best female footballers Australia has to offer will be on show this September in the bye round between the AFL’s round 23 and the beginning of the finals series.
AFL boss Gillon McLachlan confirmed on 3AW that a team of Victorian players will take on the best players the rest of Australia has to offer in an an AFLW all-stars clash slated for Saturday, September 2.
The corresponding fixture last year saw the two AFLW pioneer teams, Melbourne and Western Bulldogs, compete in a similar fixture pitting two teams comprised of the best players against each other.
Over one million viewers tuned into the match with nothing at stake, and this year there is something to prove for both teams.
The AFLW Grand Final featured two teams from outside of Victoria, Brisbane and Adelaide, in what was a surprise result given Victoria’s female football dominance.
With all of Victoria’s top talent in one team, it will be an opportunity for the Vics to prove their state is still the country’s best.
The likes of Melbourne’s Daisy Pearce and Karen Paxman, Bulldogs’ Emma Kearney and Ellie Blackburn, Carlton’s Darcy Vescio and Brianna Davey, and Collingwood’s Moana Hope and Emma King will headline the Vics.
For the team representing the rest of Australia, Fremantle’s Kara Donnellan and Ebony Antonio, GWS’s Erin McKinnon and Emma Swanson, Brisbane’s Sabrina Frederick-Traub and Emma Zielke, and the premiership-winning Adelaide Crows’ Erin Phillips and Chelsea Randall are some of the names that will be on show.
It’s assumed that the teams will be decided by the state in which the players’ teams are, rather than state of origin, meaning that the likes of Sarah Perkins and Jess Dal Pos (former Victorians) will be eligible for the rest of Australia, while Tayla Harris (a Queenslander) should slot in for the Vics.