2022 starting dates and final series for two AFL Queensland State League competitions; Bond University QAFLW and QAFL have been issued.
After consulting with Bond University QAFLW Clubs, Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast SUNS AFLW teams; The 2022 Bond University QAFLW Tournament will begin on the weekend of Saturday, March 26. It marks the start of the 2022 AFLQ community football season in southeastern Queensland.
With the introduction of the Southport Sharks in 2022, all nine QAFLW clubs will play 16 games and there will be two club byes, with the addition of Easter weekends.
The 2022 Bond University QAFLW Final Series will once again see the top four parties fight for three weeks for the glory of the Premiership, culminating in the Grand Final on Sunday 21 August 2022.
A pre-season schedule of games for QAFLW clubs will be arranged to allow players from selected AFLW teams to play in the AFLW with the opportunity to participate in AFLW games and QAFLW practice games when the AFLW season is in full swing.
In the QAFL, 2022 will see the Aspley Hornets enter the competition, starting on the weekend of Saturday 2 April.
All 12 QAFL teams will play 18 games, and as a result of the 21-week season, there will be three scheduled bouts throughout the season.
There was huge support from QAFL clubs to once again play the top six in the four-week final series, which will play the 2022 QAFL Grand Final on Saturday 17 September 2022.
The full alignment of the two state league tournaments allows our major women’s and men’s clubs to play in parallel, said Matt Bialowski, state league tournament manager.
“With three cubs participating in both Bond University QAFLW and QAFL, this gives our clubs a great opportunity to have big match days at their venues throughout the 2022 season,” he said.
“State League events are the strongest in many years, and with the best performances at NITV in 2021, we will certainly see many interstate players head north to play our state leagues in the 2022 season.”
Fixtures for both competitions will be installed in the coming months, and will be released in the new year.