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AUSSIE RULES: The path to the top for the likes of Zim­mor­lei Far­quhar­son will widen when Gold Coast joins the AFL Women’s com­pe­ti­tion in 2020.

After the in­au­gu­ral AFLW this year, the fledg­ling na­tional women’s com­pe­ti­tion will ex­pand in 2019 when Gee­long and the Kan­ga­roos – a joint team from North Mel­bourne and Tas­ma­nia – join to make 10 teams.

That will swell to 14 in 2020 when the Gold Coast, Rich­mond, St Kilda and West Coast are added.

The ad­di­tion of the Suns in 2020 gives south-east Queens­land two teams in the AFLW and pro­vides as­pir­ing young­sters on the Dar­ling Downs more op­por­tu­ni­ties to play at the top level.

Ris­ing Dalby star Zim­mor­lei Far­quhar­son is one of the Dar­ling Downs tal­ents who could fea­ture in an ex­panded AFLW com­pe­ti­tion.

The 15-year-old has this year been a mem­ber of the un­der-15 and un­der-17 Dar­ling Downs girls teams, the Queens­land un­der-15 and un­der-18 squads on top of be­ing part of the Bris­bane Li­ons Academy.

Far­quhar­son will be hit­ting the se­nior ranks at about the time the Suns join the AFLW, so it could be great tim­ing for the bud­ding star, who was thrilled with news of the ad­di­tion of Gold Coast.

“I was ex­cited be­cause that’s one of the teams I want to make,” she said.

“I want to take it as far as I can.”

The Dar­ling Downs has rid­den the wave of pop­u­lar­ity for fe­male footy, with for­mer Toowoomba school­girl Shaleise Law and War­wick ath­lete Delissa Kim­mince part of the in­au­gu­ral Bris­bane Li­ons AFLW squad this year.


BRIGHT FU­TURE: Zim­mor­lei Far­quhar­son (sec­ond from left) al­ready has ex­pe­ri­ence in the Bris­bane Li­ons sys­tem.

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