BLGW Football is scheduled to return on ANZAC Day weekend

RETURN: The Co-op interleague cup has been confirmed to top off the upcoming Barossa Light and Gawler women's football season. Photo: Michelle O'Rielly
RETURN: The Co-op interleague cup has been confirmed to top off the upcoming Barossa Light and Gawler women's football season. Photo: Michelle O'Rielly

The Barossa, Light and Gawler Women's Football League will be hoping to build on the success of last season's competition, focussing on a steady increase of club involvement.

The women's games will begin on the ANZAC Day long weekend, coinciding with round 2 of the men's games.

The season will run for seven minor rounds, two rounds of finals and a grand final on June 28.

BLGW chairman Adam Butcher said that, after surveying players, the association decided to emulate a lot of what players liked from the previous year.

"We got a lot of good feedback, we did a survey and all the feedback suggested that it was really good last year," he said.

"The amount of girls that have gone on to play at a higher level of footy and are playing League has been fantastic.

"I think pretty well half the Central Districts team/squad is made up of BL&G girls so that's pretty handy."

Nicola Biagi, an ex Tanunda player, and Taryn Wills, Barossa District, have been named captain and deputy vice captain respectively for the Central District Women's team.

Many local clubs are in the middle of recruitment drives and 'come-and-try' sessions and Mr Butcher said now is the perfect time for anyone to get involved.

"A lot of the clubs haven't even started training yet," he said.

"A lot of them are starting this week or next week and obviously with the AFLW kicking off [last] weekend it's always a good time for people to start getting out there."

Players, both young and old, should have even more choice of clubs as well this year, with a number of clubs announcing expanded age groups.

"Freeling has come on board so we're going to have all clubs involved hopefully this year, so that's awesome."

Freeling has only announced an Under 14s age group so far, hoping to start in the juniors and build from there. South Gawler have announced they will be running an Under 14s team and Gawler Central will expand their program to include all age groups.

Mr Butcher said they hoped to increase the number of games which could be held on a full oval. Games will be played on a full oval if both teams have sufficient players, something which the league was able to three of four times last year. The official fixture is yet to be released.