Published on August 9, 2007 11:32 am

In a first for women’s football, the Victorian Women’s Football League premier division preliminary final will be held at the MCG this Saturday.

Women make history on the G

In a first for women’s football, the Victorian Women’s Football League premier division preliminary final will be held at the MCG this Saturday.

As part of AFL women’s round the VWFL has secured the curtain raiser before the AFL round 19 game Hawthorn vs. Brisbane. The Melbourne University Mugars will take on St Albans Spurs with a spot in the 2007 VWFL premier division Grand Final against Darebin Falcons at stake.

Melbourne Uni and St Albans have met twice this year in the VWFL home and away series and the ledger is squared at one win a piece. Expect to see a close and hard fought contest.

Players to watch include; St Albans – Debbie Lee playing game number 199, St Albans captain and 4 times Helen Lambert medallist (VWFL B & F) Shannon McFerran. Melbourne Uni – Commonwealth games javelin silver medallist Cecilia McIntosh and tall forward Belinda Blay.

These two teams have a very healthy rivalry having met in a number of big games over the last 5 years. The two teams played in the one and only VWFL home & away series fixtured match played at the MCG in 2004. On that occasion Melbourne Uni were victorious but St Albans went on to claim their only flag beating Melbourne Uni in the 2004 Grand Final. In the 2005 preliminary final Melbourne Uni beat St Albans by just 3 points. Both clubs are very proud and are sure to fight the game right out.

VWFL president Debbie Lee has thanked the AFL for their support of the competition.

“The AFL has been instrumental in supporting this game and providing the VWFL with the opportunity to promote and showcase women’s football," Lee said.

The VWFL has developed significantly since the ball was first bounced 27 years ago and in 2007 the competition has five playing divisions. The league has seen significant growth; yearly incremental increases in the number of registered teams have been prevalent in the last seven years. Since 2000 the league has grown its competition by a phenomenal 314%, resulting in a 23% increase year on year. If this trend continues by 2010 the competition will consist of 53 teams and by 2015 it will be 147 teams.

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