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After the third AFL Women’s Draft on April 20 with a record 268 nominations, the competition was tight for a spot. Some well-known names will stand with some exciting new talent as the best 50 female players take the field.

It is 100 years since the first recorded game of Women’s Australian Rules Football. This exhibition match is a chance to celebrate how far the game has come, and it promising future. SMJFL has been a contributor to the development of 150 new junior and youth girls teams around the country this season.

The much anticipated AFL women’s exhibition game between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs is happening on May 24th at the ‘G and there’s lots of events happening for all of our young footballers to get involved in.

Match Day Tickets

Kids under the age of 15 can get a ticket for free, but will still need to book a ticket on-line. Pre-purchase tickets for others are $15 which will give you entry to the double header – both women’s and men’s games, this offer ends Wednesday 20th of May. Tickets can be purchased on match day for $25.00. See here for on-line ticketing.

Match Day Group Tickets

Junior clubs are entitled to free tickets for group bookings for juniors under the age of 18, which can be booked using the link here

Guard of Honour

The club are also on the look out for 50 girls (aged five to 12) to participate in the Guard of Honour (GOH). The GOH is a once in a life opportunity to stand on the MCG to cheer on our Women’s Team as they run through the banner on May 24th. Melbourne Football Club would love to have SMJFL youth girl’s involved in the GOH wearing your club jumpers. Click here for registration. 

Post-Match Function

The Melbourne Football Club is hosting a post-match function that will give supporters the opportunity to meet the players and other guests. This event includes guest speakers, finger food and a reserve seat for the men’s match. Tickets can be purchased here.

Coaching Forum

Finally, Melbourne Football Club is also hosting a free Coaching Forum that is open to all VWFL and Youth Girls Coaches (male and female) and will be hosted by Melbourne Football Clubs Women’s team Coach Michelle Cowan and our female players. The forum will teach coaches tactics, strategies, leadership and coaching women and girls. Registration details for the forum can be found here.

Player and Team Sponsorship Opportunities

Melbourne Football Club is looking for individual and team sponsorship for the women’s team. If there are any organisations interested in supporting these elite athletes, please click here for further information. 

For more information about the women’s match, head to