Round two of the QW Winter Series between the Gold Coast SUNS and Brisbane Lions Women's teams will be held this Sunday at Great Barrier Reef Arena, Mackay.
The first match of the three game series was held at Metricon Stadium on Saturday 25 May, with the Brisbane Lions 4.6.(31) defeating the Gold Coast SUNS 2.3 (15).
The QW Winter Series is an important part of the 2019 AFL Queensland Women's High Performance Strategy, which aims to provide regular access for the Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast SUNS to develop current and future AFLW players.
Kath Newman, AFL Queensland- State Female Talent Manager, said the QW Winter Series provides high quality, competitive match experiences for Queensland's two AFLW teams at AFLW quality venues.
“It is the role of AFL Queensland to provide pathways for all players with aspirations to play AFLW," Newman said.
"Together with the state Under 18 Academy Program and the Queensland Emerging Talent team, the QW Winter series is another platform on which potential AFLW players can showcase their talent.
“The QW Winter Series allows the Lions and the SUNS AFLW teams to trial draft eligible players for the 2020 season and see how they fit into their team environment.”
Gold Coast Suns’ Head of Women’s Football, Fiona McLarty said, "both from a Women’s Program and greater Club perspective, we’re looking forward to the opportunity to play at Great Barrier Reef Arena in Mackay.”
“Being able to showcase our sport through events like this assists us in our commitment to inspire the next generation of footballers across Queensland," McLarty added.
“We’re proud of the strong relationship that we will continue to grow with the Mackay region as a talent pathway and a passionate football community.”
The final match will be held as a stand alone fixture at the Gabba on Saturday 13 July, ahead of the Queensland v WA Representative Match at Optus Stadium, Perth on Saturday 20 July.
QW Winter Series Schedule
Saturday 25 May, 4.45pm
Brisbane Lions 4.6 (31) def. Gold Coast SUNS 2.3 (15)
Sunday 23 June, 12.00pm
Great Barrier Reef Arena, Mackay
Gold Coast SUNS v Brisbane Lions
Saturday 13 July, 2.00pm
Brisbane Lions v Gold Coast SUNS
Saturday 20 July
Optus Stadium, Perth
Queensland v WA