A new-look AFL Goldfields women’s competition hits the ovals this season, with competition across two divisions.

After AFL Victoria handed control of women’s football back to local leagues and governing bodies, the Goldfields competition has grown exponentially, from five to 12 teams.

Two from last season’s competition – Bacchus Marsh and East Point – are part of the Goldfields competition again.

Melton Centrals, runners-up in Victorian Women’s Football League north-west competition last season, will play in division 1, along with Carisbrook, North Geelong and Redan and Ballarat. A combined North Ballarat City-Lake Wendouree team will also play.

Bacchus Marsh and East Point both play in division 2, as will Redan’s reserves side. Three new teams step out for the first time, with Sunbury Kangaroos, Gisborne and Drysdale all forming women’s sides.

AFL Goldfields will have separate Ballarat and Riddell District football league competitions for youth and junior girls. Melton Centrals, Sunbury Kangaroos, Diggers Rest, Bacchus Marsh, Darley and two Gisborne teams are in the RDFL youth girls competition, while Bacchus Marsh, Darley, Melton South and Melton junior football club are in the RDFL’s junior competition.