The fixture for the historical inaugural NAB AFL Women’s competition has been released with the GIANTS to play home games in Sydney and Canberra and all games to be broadcast live.
The GIANTS will play two home games in Sydney - at Blacktown International Sportspark (BISP) - and one at Manuka Oval in Canberra as part of the seven-week round-robin fixture.
The GIANTS will open their season on Saturday, February 4 with an away match against the Adelaide Crows before travelling to Melbourne to play Carlton the following weekend.
The first chance for local fans to see their team in action will be on Saturday, February 18 when the GIANTS take on Fremantle at Blacktown at 12.05pm.
They will then play away again Brisbane before coming home for the GIANTS’ only double-header of the season.
The AFLW team will play a curtain-raiser against Melbourne at BISP ahead of the GIANTS’ men’s team’s JLT Community Series match against the Swans on Friday, March 3.
An away match against Collingwood follows before the GIANTS take on the Western Bulldogs at home in front of the Canberra community at Manuka Oval on March 18.
GIANTS CEO David Matthews welcomed the fixture release for the historic new competition.
“We're delighted to be playing home games in both Sydney and Canberra as part of the inaugural NAB AFL Women’s season,” Mr Matthews said.
“Our home game against Melbourne in Blacktown will be a significant occasion for the GIANTS with our men's and women's teams playing at the same venue on the same day.
“The Blacktown region has always given the GIANTS strong support and to have two AFLW matches played throughout February and March will continue this connection.
“The Western Bulldogs have been one of the pioneers in women's AFL and to host them in Canberra in a game shown nationally on free-to-air television is sure to be a wonderful spectacle.
“We are thrilled to be representing all of NSW and the ACT in this exciting competition and encourage all sports fans to get behind the GIANTS in the NAB AFL Women's competition in 2017.”
In a groundbreaking agreement, all AFLW matches will be broadcast live on television.
The Seven Network will broadcast one AFLW match live nationally on free-to-air and digital platforms on Saturday night each week of the home and away season (and two matches in round one).
Foxtel will broadcast all AFLW home and away matches live nationally TV and digital platforms. The AFL will also broadcast all AFLW matches live on the Official AFL Live App.
There’s still time to become a Foundation Member of the GIANTS’ AFLW team with registrations open until December 16.
The inaugural GIANTS AFL Women's Foundation Membership is your chance to be a part of history and support our AFLW team.
Sign up today at membership.gwsgiants.com.au or call 1300 442 687.