The fixture for this year’s third season of the Victorian U18 girls talent competition has been released, with Tasmania to play three invitational games ahead of full entry into the competition in 2020.
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.
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.
AFL Tasmania Female Talent Manager Leigh Elder is confident these matches will provide an excellent platform for the state’s emerging talent.
“These matches will allow Tasmanian female prospects the chance to play against the country’s premier underage talent ahead of June’s under-18 National Championships in Blacktown.
“By playing in these invitational matches, our girls will be provided with greater exposure than ever before as they continue on their football pathway,” he said.
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.
TASMANIA DEVILS MATCHES:
Friday April 26 – Western Jets v Tasmania @ Avalon Airport Oval 6:00pm
Sunday April 28 – Eastern Ranges v Tasmania @ RAMS Arena, Craigieburn 11:00am
Saturday May 18 – 5TH Placed Team v Tasmania @Venue TBC