IN the past two years, AFL on the South Coast has seen a huge growth in numbers, largely due to the introduction of the women's competition.
And following a successful inaugural season, which was taken out of the Bomaderry Tigers, the competition has grown from nine to 16 teams.
On top of that, the Illawarra junior girls competitions have grown from just an under 12s and under 15s to under 12s, under 14s and under 17s girls competitions this year - which have eight, eight and six teams competing respectively.
To continue with this growth of the game, AFL Shoalhaven is launching their own under 13 girls division, set to start on May 26.
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The competition will feature a nine-a-side games, with modified games, to be played each Sunday.
To prepare for the first bounce of this competition, AFL South Coast is holding two 'come and try' days this Sunday, April 14 from 11.10am - at Vincentia's Bomber Oval and Batemans Bay's Hanging Rock Oval.
"It's really exciting to see the growth of female football in the AFL South Coast expanding to the Shoalhaven juniors," AFL South Coast female ambassador Nicci Kennedy said.
"The under 13s girls competition will provide a platform for young girls of the Shoalhaven to play female football, which is a first for the area.
"We are hoping to extend this to create a complete female football pathway from Auskick to senior football in the future.
"All of the AFL Shoalhaven clubs are trying to enter a team, which is amazing and will make for a great competition.
"If you or anyone you know is interested, head to play.afl to find your nearest club"
For more information, contact Nicci Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org.