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In a sign of the growing success of women’s football, SANFL has announced that the top two teams of the 2018 Statewide Super Women’s League will share in a record $20,000 in prize money.
In its second year as major sponsor, Statewide Super’s financial support continues to make the women’s competition possible and as a result will allow SANFL to provide the largest prize money pool of any female state football league competition in Australia.
Statewide Super CEO Richard Nunn said the organisation is committed to the development of the Women’s League and supporting SANFL to carve a pathway for future talented footy players, from grassroots to an elite level.
“Last week, we were delighted to welcome the new Sturt and South Adelaide teams into the expanded Statewide Super Women’s League. Today’s announcement allows SANFL to take the competition to another level and attract the best talent,” he said.
“Statewide Super is a proud sponsor of SANFL and hugely supportive of the work they’re doing in women’s footy. We recognise the dedication made by players and the sacrifices they make to follow their dream to play football.
“Our ongoing sponsorship is our acknowledgement of the firm commitment of Statewide Super to the league and to women’s sport in South Australia.”
The original four teams – Norwood, North Adelaide, Glenelg and West Adelaide – will be joined by South Adelaide and Sturt with the competition set to kick off in February 2018.
“Statewide Super saw the importance of fostering women’s footy, and they’ve been a big part of driving the growth we’re seeing in female participation in South Australia,” said SANFL CEO Jake Parkinson.
“The fact that we now have six teams playing for prize money in just our second year is a fantastic achievement and testament to the enormous amount of hard work everyone has put in, as well as the critical support of Statewide Super.”
With the growth in teams, the new season will be extended from six to 10 minor round games with each club to play the other twice, along with a two-week finals series.
The SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League grand final will be played as a double-header with the traditional SANFL Macca’s League Anzac Day clash.
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