THE Bendigo Thunder will make the step up to the Premier Division of the Victorian Women's Football League after earning promotion on Thursday.
The Thunder breezed their way through this year's VWFL division one season, winning all 17 games they played by an average of 66 points.
They were also premiers in 2012 in the north-west division.
Bendigo Thunder president Beth Taylor said the promotion to the Premier Division had generated enormous excitement within the Thunder.
"All the hard work that everyone has put in over the past few years has paid off," Taylor said.
"It's fantastic that the girls are now going to get the opportunity to play at the elite level without having to leave Bendigo."
After dominating division one this year - which included six games where they held the opposition goalless - Taylor expected the Thunder would be a mid-range team in the Premier Division.
As part of the promotion, the Thunder is also likely to add a second team, which would play in one of the lower divisions.
AFL Victoria state league and talent manager John Hook said the promotion of Bendigo was aligned with the objective to deliver the highest standard of football in the state’s top female football competition and to continue to encourage participation throughout regional Victoria.