By ZAC MILBANK
The Statewide Super Women’s League will be showcased at Adelaide Oval for the first time with an Easter Saturday quadruple-header headlining the 2021 season fixture.
Starting at 10.30am on April 3, all eight SANFLW teams will play in the four matches scheduled in succession at the State’s elite venue in Round 6.
SANFL General Manager Football, Matt Duldig, said the unique programming was a positive initiative for SANFL’s female footballers.
”It was fantastic for our male SANFL players to play at Adelaide Oval during last year’s minor round, so to have a full day of Statewide Super Women’s League matches at the home of SA footy this season is equally exciting,” Duldig said.
‘’It will be just the third time an official female football game has been played at Adelaide Oval, following Adelaide’s AFLW Grand Final and Preliminary Final victories in 2019.
”Not only is such an historic occasion a wonderful opportunity to showcase the competition but the girls also receive a memorable experience as they too aspire to play at AFLW level.”
SANFL General Manager Football Matt Duldig
''Not only is such an historic occasion a wonderful opportunity to showcase the competition but the girls also receive a memorable experience as they too aspire to play at AFLW level.''
Kicking off on Friday February 26, the Statewide Super Women’s League will feature last year’s top four sides in action on the opening night at The Parade.
This will include the Grand Final rematch – between reigning premier North Adelaide and runner-up South Adelaide – starting at 6pm.
In another first for the Statewide Super Women’s League, a match for premiership points will be played in the country when Central District hosts Sturt under lights at Tanunda Oval on Saturday April 24.
The competition’s home and away fixture will increase by one match to 11 rounds, concluding on Saturday May 15.
A three-week finals series, featuring the top-four ranked teams, will then culminate in the Grand Final being held on the weekend of Saturday June 5.
No matches have been scheduled on the weekend of April 10 to allow SA’s most talented teenagers to represent the State at the U19 AFLW National Championships.
The Statewide Super League Men’s Fixture will be released by SANFL tomorrow.
Easter Saturday Quadruple Header at Adelaide Oval – SANFLW will be showcased at the home of SA footy for the first time with four Statewide Super Women’s League matches in succession on Easter Saturday. Starting at 10.30am on April 3, all eight SANFLW teams will have the opportunity to play at the State’s elite venue.
Top Four clash on Opening Night – The top four SANFLW teams in 2020 will kick off the Statewide Super Women’s League season in a double-header at The Parade under lights on Friday February 26. North Adelaide and South Adelaide will collide in a Grand Final rematch before Norwood hosts West Adelaide in front of the Redlegs’ faithful.
Inaugural Country Match – Central District will confront Sturt at Tanunda Oval in the first Statewide Super Women’s League match to be played in regional SA. Hosted in the Bulldogs’ regional zone, the game will be played under lights from 7pm on Saturday April 24.
More Minor Rounds – An 11-round regular season introduced in 2021, increased from 10 in 2020.
Three-week finals series – The Statewide Super Women’s League Grand Final to be held on the weekend of Saturday June 5, the culmination of a three-week finals series involving the top-four ranked teams at the end of the minor round on May 15.