Bond University’s women’s AFL team hopes to score a home-ground advantage when it takes part in Queensland’s first all-female football tournament later this month.
The AFLQ Flash Footy Tournament is a one-day, nine-a-side, fast-paced, modified game that caters for all skill levels, and will make its debut here at Bond University’s playing fields on Saturday February 27.
Three one-day tournaments will be held throughout the year, the first here at Bond, and are open to all community clubs, and any females 17 plus in 2016.
The tournaments will have three divisions featuring teams from the Queensland Women's Australian Football League (QWAFL) and Queensland Women’s Amateur Football Association (QWAFA), as well as players completely new to the game.
Teams will play multiple games during the day, with twilight finals for each division.
The lowest division will be a non-tackling competition so that everyone of all skill level and football familiarity can have a kick.
AFL Queensland Community Club Development Manager for the QFA and Female Football, Fiona Jones said what makes the Flash Footy Tournament unique is the social environment that will be created.
“There will be music, skills clinics, food and drink, and chill out areas for everyone to enjoy,” she said.
“The best thing about the Flash Footy Tournament is that everyone can have a go.
“It’s fantastic that we can coordinate a tournament that allows everyone the opportunity to play, no matter how much footy they have played before.
“What’s also great is the opportunity for all community clubs to enter a team. Regardless of whether they have a current QWAFL or QWAFA team, all they need is 12 players to be able to register and participate.
“The whole event is going to have a fantastic atmosphere, both on and off the field.”
Registrations for the first tournament at Bond University are open now, and will close on February 22.