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Footy's rising stars

It’s was 100 years in the making, however women’s footy is well and truly here, a feat of equality and inspiration, one Monadelphous is proud to stand in support of, with the Heavy Lift team driving the sponsorship of the WA State 15s Schoolgirls AFL team.

As a leading sponsor of the Under 15s team, which focusses on encouraging and developing young women’s AFL skills in a state team environment, Heavy Lift supplied the girls with their first set of brand-new training jumpers which were specially designed for them in-house by the Monadelphous marketing and communications team.

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The Under 15’d team in their new training jumpers 

“We are thrilled to have Monadelphous on board sponsoring our State 15s. Not only do the girls look professional and united on the training track, our core values of wellbeing, integrity and teamwork line up with Monadelphous’ values. It is a great partnership that will benefit both parties in a meaningful and exciting way, said Oliver Beath, Head Coach of the WA State 15s Schoolgirls AFL team.

​The core squad of 24 girls compete in a range of scratch matches and three months of training leading into the main event – the national carnival which will take place this month between 21-28 July in Adelaide. The team will play five matches in seven days, with winners crowned the coveted title of National State 15s Schoolgirls Champions.

To be selected for the state team, players must meet relevant eligibility criteria and participate in various training sessions to be selected for the team. A team of 24 is selected as the travelling team with an additional 30 entered into the development squad to continue to grow their playing skills.

footy's rising stars(2) ​Assisting talented young women realise their full potential both on and off the field, and supporting the talent pathway into professional women’s AFL is something we’re passionate about at Monadelphous as football lovers who have a strong value for diversity and inclusion. We’ll be barracking for the girls this month to bring home the championship, and we have no doubt we’ll see these ladies on the big stage one-day playing in the AFL Women’s competition for one of our favourite teams. 

Did you know? AFL Women’s competition: 

  • The official competition name is AFL Women’s (AFLW) 
  • 2017 marked the historical milestone when the very first AFLW season commenced 
  • The very first AFLW game was played on 3 February 2017 - Collingwood vs. Carlton in Melbourne. Carlton took home the win by 35 points 
  • The inaugural teams who competed in the first AFLW competition were, , Adelaide, Brisbane, Greater Western Sydney, Fremantle, Melbourne, Western Bulldogs, Carlton, and Collingwood. Geelong and North Melbourne will arrive for the 2019 season, with St Kilda, Richmond, Gold Coast and the West Coast Eagles commencing in 2020
  • AFLW is a 16 a side game vs. the 18 a side game played in the men’s competition 
  • The footy itself is a fraction smaller than the what the men play with 
  • Each team plays seven home and away games, one against each opponent, with the top two teams at the end facing off for the Grandfinal 
  • The AFLW players are part-time athletes in comparison to their full-time male counterparts