BRISBANE Lions AFLW star Kate Lutkins has thrown her support behind the Ipswich Eagles' first women's Aussie rules team, set to contest the QWFA Division 2 competition in 2018.
AFL Queensland last week confirmed the Eagles as one of ten new clubs to have been granted an early QWFA license for 2018, and the Lions defender said it was great to see the women's game "moving in the right direction”.
"When I grew up (in Ipswich) and went through school there was no AFL for women, we had to go to Brisbane to play,” Lutkins said. "I think it's fantastic a women's team will be in Ipswich. I wish it was there 10 years earlier, it would have been great to continue playing my footy in Ipswich.
"I think it's fantastic where the game is heading. The AFL is doing everything right in that regard.”
Griffith Moorooka, Mt Gravatt, Morningside, Alexandra Hills, Surfers Paradise and Robina will join the Eagles in QWFA Division 2.
The competition will be split into north and south divisions, to limit the burden of travel on teams.
QWFA competition and club development manager Fiona Jones said the time was ripe for women's Aussie rules to expand in SEQ.
"The increase in competition numbers is a testament to the rapid growth of the female football landscape,” Jones said.
"AFL participation figures show females now account for 39.9 per cent of all Queensland and Northern Rivers participations.”
Season start dates will be confirmed early in 2018.