Weekend football briefs: Big day of women’s footy at QEO

The Bendigo Thunder will play at the QEO on Sunday.
The Bendigo Thunder will play at the QEO on Sunday.

THE Bendigo Thunder will kick off a gala day of women’s footy at the QEO on Sunday.

Returning to the field after a forfeit win over Diamond Creek last weekend, the Thunder will take on Whitehorse from noon in round 12 of the Northern Football League Women’s competition.

Whitehorse is enduring a tough season, with the side yet to win a game and having lost by 114 points to the Thunder in their first encounter in round five.

The Thunder is in second position with an 8-3 record.

Sunday’s game starts at noon.

• NFLW ladder:

Keilor – 9-1-1

Bendigo – 8-3

VU Western Spurs – 6-4-1

Darebin – 4-5-2

Diamond Creek – 4-7

Whitehorse – 0-11

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RICHMOND’S VFLW team will play its second home game of the season at the QEO on Sunday when it battles the Casey Demons.

The Tigers (3-5) are eighth on the ladder, one rung ahead of the Demons (3-4).

The Tigers have a partnership with the Bendigo Thunder and are captained by Jess Kennedy – a former Thunder player.

Another ex-Thunder player in Elise Hogan is the Tigers’ vice-captain.

“It’s terrific that we have a day of women’s footy being played at the QEO, the home of country footy, and a great way we can show off the pathways that now exist for females playing football,” said Richmond VFLW’s Kate Sheahan.

“We are looking forward to showing Central Victoria our game style and game plan and how the VFLW is played”

 “Our team will consist of many girls from country Victoria, including Bendigo, Echuca, Mildura, Swan Hill, Shepparton, so we want to show young girls what they can aspire to.”

Sunday’s game as part of a gala day of women’s footy at the QEO starts at 2.30pm.

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ONLY two games will be played in the North Central league as part of the first week of the split round.

• Saturday’s games:

Wedderburn v Donald

Last time – Donald 10.8 (68) d Wedderburn 8.7 (55).

Since 2009 – Donald 13; Wedderburn 10; Drawn 1.

Sea Lake Nandaly Tigers v Boort

Last time – Sea Lake Nandaly Tigers 19.12 (126) d Boort 9.6 (60).

Head to Head – Sea Lake Nandaly Tigers 4; Boort 2.