FUTURE BRIGHT FOR STAR
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.