Look out AFL, here come the Byron girls!

Byron Junior AFL Girls Imogyn, Charlie and TJ. Photo Tree Faerie.

Byron Junior AFL Girls Imogyn, Charlie and TJ. Photo Tree Faerie.

The Byron Magpies Junior AFL Club will field its first all-girls teams this year.

The Club is calling on girls in Byron Bay to join their club and become a part of Australia’s fastest-growing female sport. 

AFL Northern Rivers began their girls competition in 2015 with four clubs entering the league. 

After seeing so many sisters having a kick on the sidelines while their brothers played, the Byron club has decided to field two girls teams this year, in the under-9s and under-13 age groups. 

Byron Junior AFL Girls Imogen, Charli and TJ. Photo Tree Faerie.

Photo Tree Faerie.

The club welcomes all girls to join and get involved. They believe playing AFL is a great way to get fit, make friends and have fun in a friendly and supported environment. No experience is needed; the majority of girls who played in 2015 had never played before. 

U9s will be modified with no tackle (touch only) with up to nine players on a modified field. These rules are the same as those used at Auskick level.

The U13s will be a 15-a-side competition played on a shortened field.

‘The modified rules allow for the different elements of the game to be progressively introduced to the girls’, said Molly Kenwood, the AFL Northern Rivers Juniors administrator.  

‘This will happen at a level appropriate to their needs and development,’ 

The Club has also expanded its teams for the general competition and are accepting players from under-7s through to under-17s this year. 

The Byron Bay Magpies Junior AFL sign-on for all ages, including under-9 and under-13 girls, is on this Sunday 14 February from 10am at the Cavanbah Centre on Ewingsdale Road.

To register online: and to see the club website, visit:

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