Geelong secures state league spot

Updated: November 13, 2015
Geelong Magpies will represent the region in the Victorian state league competition in 2016. Picture: Arj Giese
Picture: Arj Giese

North Geelong will be Geelong’s representative in the newly-formed women’s state league competition in Victoria. Picture: Arj Giese

NORTH Geelong president Jason Habib says being involved in the planned women’s state league was opportunity the club “couldn’t let slip”.

The Magpies have been revealed as one of the 10 teams that will make up next year’s competition, which will be aligned with the VFL.

North Geelong, which was formed in 2012, won the 2014 Division 2 premiership and finished fourth in Division 1 this year.

“A lot of our girls were getting poached,” Habib.

“‘Rocky’ (Rochelle Cranston) and Madi Boyd are in the (AFL Victoria) Academy, but we’ve put that to bed straight away because we’ve gone up.”

Habib says ‘North’ is likely to be dropped from the name and they will be known as the Geelong Magpies.

Games will continue to be played at Osborne Park, with the hope of some curtain raisers at Simonds Stadium before Geelong’s VFL team.

“It will be like a VFL comp,” Habib said.

“The way (women’s competition manager) Darren Flanigan is that committed to it and wants to see it succeed.

“Hopefully Geelong can support us and get on board.”

2015 Premier division teams Darebin Falcons, Diamond Creek, Eastern Devils, Melbourne Uni, St Kilda and VU Western Spurs will be joined by North Geelong and fellow Division 1 finalists Cranbourne, Knox and Seaford in the new competition.

“This is the starting point for something really exciting in women’s football,” AFL Victoria CEO Steven Reaper said.

“By developing a women’s state league competition from current VWFL clubs we will be able to utilise already established playing squads, grounds and support staff, and it will also assist with player retention.

“It means the state competition will be able to help develop talent across Melbourne and into some country regions in the future.”

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