The VFL Women’s competition has been cut to 12 teams after confirmation that Diamond Creek, Eastern Devils and St Kilda Sharks have opted against featuring in the 2018 season.
Diamond Creek had only just contested the 2017 grand final against Darebin a few months ago.
Their departures mean that the VFLW now comprises 12 teams - Box Hill Hawks, Darebin, Geelong, Melbourne Uni, Casey Demons, Carlton, Collingwood, Essendon, Richmond, St Kilda (Southern Saints), Western Bulldogs (VU Western Spurs) and Williamstown.
AFL Victoria competitions manager John Hook wished to thank the three departing clubs for the role they played in establishing a state-league competition for women.
“These clubs have played a significant role in the development of women’s football from the VWFL through to being foundation clubs in the VFL Women’s competition,” Hook said.
“They have been leaders in providing opportunities for players and officials to develop in their regions, while building strong community relationships to help grow the game.
“Each club has a rich history in women’s football, and should be acknowledged for the role they have played over many years at the highest level.
“These clubs will continue to lead the way in women’s football, as they focus on the next generation of players and coaches at a community level.”