Twenty-two teams boasting rural WA’s most talented footballers will venture to Perth next month for this year’s Landmark Country Football Championships.
The annual competition draws football teams from across the State to the metropolitan area to test their skills against one another on the big stage.
For the first time there will be a women’s competition, with teams from the Great Northern, South West, Pilbara, Peel and Goldfields football leagues competing.
The women’s competition will run July 6 -7, with the grand final to be late on the final day.
WA Country Football League acting general manager Brent Sheridan said having five women’s sides involved outlined the “growth in female football”.
“We are confident it will grow in the coming years and we will have representation from around the State,” he said.
“Being the first year of the carnival, we are excited to see how it will roll out.
“We will have an All-Stars side and we are looking at what opportunities we will be able to provide them in the future.”
On July 11 the colts competition will start at Rushton Park in Mandurah, with defending champions the South West Football League to take on the Regional Districts, Great Southern, Northern Suns and Peel Football and Netball League.
The SWFL will also be defending its division 1 title in the top-tier competition, taking on the Avon Football Association, Upper Great Southern Football League, Peel Football and Netball League and the newly promoted Goldfields Football League.
Division 2 will consist of the Mortlock Football League, Ongerup Football Association, Great Northern and Eastern Districts football leagues.
In division 3, it will be the Central Wheatbelt, North Midlands and Great Southern football leagues battling it out against the Regional Allstars.
All of the senior men’s tournament will take place July 12 to 13, with grand finals to be played on the Sunday at Claremont Oval.