Tasmanian State League women's competition set to kick off

TSLW: Players Emma Humphries (Burnie), Kristy Baker (Tigers), Daria Bannister (L'ton), Zoie Crawford (Clarence) and Rachael Siely (Glenorchy).

TSLW: Players Emma Humphries (Burnie), Kristy Baker (Tigers), Daria Bannister (L'ton), Zoie Crawford (Clarence) and Rachael Siely (Glenorchy).

AFL Tasmania launched its 2017 state women’s competition in Hobart on Wednesday.

The TSLW competition will involve Tasmania’s top female players competing for five clubs in a 15-round season starting on Saturday, April 29.

The five clubs involved are Launceston, Burnie Dockers, Clarence, Glenorchy and Tigers FC.

TSL state manager Carl Saunder said that TSLW provided female athletes a talent-focused premier competition to play in as the rising juggernaut of women’s football continued to grow nationally.

“It will see a rise in professionalism and competition for women’s footy and provide a clear pathway for Tasmanian females who have been inspired to take up our game,” Saunder said.

“Tasmania has proven in the first year of the AFLW that we produce some fantastic players but I believe the TSLW will only see more talented develop and flourish to become stars.”

AFL Tasmania chief executive Rob Auld has declared a strong ambition to be involved in upcoming AFLW expansion.

“Women’s footy is booming and this new competition will give girls of all ages in Tasmania a strong competition to strive to compete in,” he said. “I have no doubt the TSLW will become an important step on the way to many Tasmanians playing AFLW.”

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