Wrest Point TSL W delivers new top tier for Tassie female talent
AFL Tasmania and Wrest Point are delighted to launch the inaugural season of the Wrest Point Tasmanian State League Womenâ€™s (TSL W) competition.
The Wrest Point TSL W will kick off on April 29, 2017, with Tasmaniaâ€™s top female footballers competing for five clubs across the state in an exciting 15 round season.
Womenâ€™s footy is a rising juggernaut and the establishment of the Wrest Point TSL W is a major step in its growth within Tasmania; giving ambitious female athletes a talent focused competition to play in.
â€œIt is an exciting step to launch the Wrest Point TSL W, a competition that sits beside the Menâ€™s as the premier competition for female footy in Tasmania,â€ TSL State Manager Carl Saunder said.
â€œIt will see a rise in the professionalism and competition for local Womenâ€™s footy. It also provides a clear pathway for Tasmanian females who have been inspired to take up our great game.
â€œTasmania has proven in the first year of AFL W that we produce some fantastic players but I believe the Wrest Point TSL W will only see more talented players develop and flourish to become stars,â€ Saunder added.
The five participating clubs are Launceston, Burnie Dockers, Clarence, Glenorchy and Tigers FC. Tasmanian star Emma Humphries recently played for Melbourne Demons in the hugely successful first installment of the AFL Womenâ€™s competition, she will now return to Tasmania to play for Burnie in the brand new Wrest Point TSL W competition.
“The Wrest Point TSL W is going to look a little different to previously, but in a good way,” Humphries said.
“Having a fiveÂ team competition andÂ also using the new 16 a side rule, is going to make games exciting, and also fast paced.
“It’s going to be an exciting season.”
AFL Tasmania CEO Rob Auld has made it clear AFL Tasmania is strong in its ambition to be involved in upcoming AFL W expansion. He believes the launch of the Wrest Point TSL W is important in establishing a base of talent to underpin any future team.
â€œThis is a really big day for Tasmanian footy.
“Womenâ€™s footy is booming and this new competition will give girls of all ages in Tasmania, a strong competition to strive to compete in.
â€œI have no doubt the Wrest Point TSL W will become an important step on the way to many Tasmanians playing AFL W, in Tasmania.
â€œIt is wonderful to have the support of a prestigious organisation and brand such as Wrest Point, I think it speaks volumes of the product and the trajectory of Womenâ€™s footy in our state.”
Wrest Point are the naming rights partner of the TSL W, showing outstanding support for Women’s football in Tasmania.
â€œWrest Point is excited and proud to be the naming rights sponsor for the inaugural Tasmanian State League Womenâ€™s competition,â€ said Kath McCann, Sales & Marketing Manager at Wrest Point.
â€œBut, the announcement of our naming rights sponsorship is not just about the excitement and passion we, at Wrest Point, have for the game.
â€œOurs is a long history of supporting football and now, with the terrific move to a national professional league for female players, we are thrilled to be showing our support for the next wave of AFL in the state. And in particular being here at the start of what Iâ€™m sure will be an exciting and rewarding journey.â€
The competition is made up of five teams in 2017 but AFL Tasmania is open to expansion over the coming years.
First bounce of the new competition is on April 29 2017, with Burnie hosting Glenorchy and Launceston facing Clarence.