West Perth league debut, rivalries and finals headline WAFLW fixture release

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Eliza ReillyThe West Australian
Thunder players celebrate the 2021 WAFLW premiership.JPG
Camera IconThunder players celebrate the 2021 WAFLW premiership.JPG Credit: Paul Kane/Getty Images

One of South Fremantle and 2022 expansion side West Perth will mark a historic first victory when round one of the WAFLW kicks off on February 19.

The Falcons become the seventh side to enter the competition which has also expanded to 17 home and away rounds.

West Perth are the latest side to join the WAFLW.
Camera IconWest Perth are the latest side to join the WAFLW. Credit: Andrew Ritchie/The West Australian

It means one side will record their first WAFLW victory, the Falcons eager to make a bold statement in their inaugural outing under new coach Steve Hazell.

Reigning premiers Peel Thunder will unveil their premiership flag and commence their quest for an unprecedented three-peat at Lane Group Stadium in round one against Subiaco.

But the Thunder will have to wait until round five for a grand final rematch against Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval.

Other highlights include the Dhara Kerr Cup, featuring Claremont and Swan Districts in round one, Reconciliation Round in Round 15 and Fremantle Derbies in rounds six and 17.

Peel Thunder and Swan Districts will clash in a grand final rematch in round five.
Camera IconPeel Thunder and Swan Districts will clash in a grand final rematch in round five. Credit: Paul Kane/Getty Images

The competition is expected to heat up after April with AFLW players again given license to return to their club of origin for the back end of the season and finals.

While the WAFLW will also have access to Champion Data statistics for the first time, giving clubs, players and supporters access to crucial statistical information.

The Seven Network will again broadcast the WAFLW Grand Final live and free in July.

WAFC Executive Manager WAFL and Talent, Scott Baker believes the WAFLW competition has gained great traction and momentum heading into its fourth year.

“Over the past three years WAFLW has been extremely successful in providing opportunities for hundreds of aspiring female footballers across the state,” Baker said.

“To have more than 60,000 fans watch matches live streamed last season, plus over 32,000 viewers for Channel 7’s Grand Final coverage, illustrates the interest WAFLW is generating.

“The expansion of the competition to seven teams is another crucial step in developing the state’s female pathway.

“Running concurrently with the AFLW season also gives the competition a boost and we look forward to welcoming back several players into the competition in the second half of the season, once their AFLW commitments are completed.”

Dates and times for matches will be advised at a later date.

Click Here to view the 2022 WAFLW Fixture

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