The fixture for this year’s third season of the Victorian U18 girls talent competition has been released, featuring the introduction of an expanded finals series.
The official naming rights partner for the U18 girls talent competition and the competition name itself will be announced at the end of February, with the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) having ended its association with the competition after two years as its naming rights partner.
Under the name of TAC Cup Girls, the competition’s premiers were decided by ladder positioning in 2017 (Calder Cannons), while a grand final between the top two teams at the end of the home-and-away season determined the 2018 champions (Geelong Falcons).
In 2019, the top four teams on the ladder at the end of a nine-round home-and-away season will play off in two semi finals on Saturday May 18 for the right to advance to the Grand Final the following Saturday.
The 12 Victorian teams from first two seasons of the U18 competition will compete again this year, with Tasmania to play two invitational games in Round 7 (against the Western Jets on Friday April 26 and the Eastern Ranges on Sunday April 28) before facing off with the fifth-placed finisher on semi-final day. All three games will be played in Victoria.
The 2019 season begins on Saturday March 2 and takes competition-wide byes on the weekends of March 9-10 and April 20-21.
In other features of the fixture:
- The Northern Knights will play three home games at a newly developed facility at RMIT University’s Bundoora campus in Rounds 2, 4 and 5.
- The Sandringham Dragons will play two home games at the newly renovated RSEA Park in Moorabbin (against the Dandenong Stingrays in Round 2 and the Eastern Ranges in Round 9).
- The Murray Bushrangers will play their first home game of the season away from their traditional Wangaratta base at JC Lowe Oval in Yarrawonga (against the Western Jets in Round 2).
- The Eastern Ranges will play home games at Healesville Sporting Complex (against the Oakleigh Chargers in Round 3) and Bayswater Oval (against the Calder Cannons in Round 6).
- The GWV Rebels will venture across town from MARS Stadium to play a home game at City Oval in Ballarat against the Geelong Falcons in Round 4.
Last year, 20 TAC Cup Girls players were selected in the NAB AFL Women’s Draft – including 14 of the top 20 picks – joining the 10 players taken in the 2017 draft on AFLW lists for 2019.
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