Great Southern Football League Women's 2021 season kicks off this weekend

Local footy is back, with the Great Southern Football League Women's competition kicking off on Sunday, March 14.

The season comes with a few changes to the number of teams and games involved, along with the age groups being slightly restructured.

Langhorne Creek is joining the competition for the first time in 2021, fielding an open women's side with an aim of introducing junior sides in 2022.

The addition of the Hawks has led the organisers to extend the season to a full 18-round program - just like the men's competition - for the first time in the league's history.

An uneven amount of clubs involved will result in a bye for one club each week.

The structure of age groups has been adjusted, with under 13s becoming under 14s and under 16s extending to under 17s - but as in previous years, open women's has no top age.

What has not changed is the set-up of the games; two venues will host two groups of games, where a morning session will see two clubs play against each other and another two clubs will face off in an afternoon session.

For round one, Mount Compass will host Strathalbyn and Willunga in the early matches before taking on newcomer club Langhorne Creek in the afternoon.

The other venue this weekend will be Yankalilla, with Victor Harbor playing against McLaren in the morning and Yankalilla facing Encounter Bay in the late matches.

Play will begin at 9am with the under 17s.

Some COVID-19 restrictions will remain in place and will be signposted around the grounds, but the league hopes the start of the season helps the community return to the "new normal".

Kangaroo Island Challenge Cup

The Kangaroo Island Challenge Cup will become an annual event as of this year, when Yankalilla and Goolwa/Port Elliot head across Backstairs Passage to play at the Dudley United Football Oval at Penneshaw.

The Cup was held last year in a bid to lift spirits and get more people to the island post-bushfires, and was won by Goolwa/Port Elliot.

This year's Cup will be held on Saturday, March 20.

Along with the match, senior players from Yankalilla, including senior coach and former North Melbourne and Port Adelaide AFL player Lindsay Thomas, will be conducting a kick and catch session for anyone who wants to attend.

This will commence at 10am, before the Cup game, which begins at 12noon.

Anyone who wants to head to the island to see the game can contact either of the clubs for details of special ticketing available through Sealink, who is sponsoring the event.

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