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Port Melbourne take over Richmond VFLW license in 2021

Announced today that Port Melbourne will be fielding a team in VFLW in 2021 taking over the license that had belonged to Richmond.

As part of this an agreement has been reached between Port Melbourne and Richmond that Richmond AFLW players not playing that week will be able to play for Port Melbourne similar to agreement that Williamstown and Adelaide Crows had this year before season was derailed by Covid.

Their home games will be played at North Port Oval.

The season will start in Early February inline with AFLW and NAB League Girls Competitions.

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From the Port Melbourne FC website: 

Port Melbourne form Richmond alignment ahead of entry to 2021 VFLW

Port Melbourne Football Club and Richmond Football Club are pleased to announce an alignment for the 2021 VFLW season.

Port Melbourne officially received its 2021 VFLW license last week to enter the competition, having previously played in the AFL South Eastern Women’s Division 1.

The team which will be Port Melbourne’s inaugural side in the Victorian Football League Women’s will play as Port Melbourne Borough with a home ground of ETU Stadium (North Port Oval).

The partnership will see Richmond AFLW players given the opportunity to continue to play together at the state-level.

It will also provide a strong pathway at the grassroots for women in the metro and Bendigo region to be a part of an elite state level program.

Port Melbourne CEO Paul Malcolm said the alignment was a fantastic opportunity for both clubs.

“We are looking forward to working together with Richmond to create a pathway for women looking to live out their football dream,” he said.

“Our club and our existing partnerships with Bendigo Women’s Football Club, St Michaels Grammar, Oakleigh Chargers, Port Colts, and the Tommy Lahiff Cup will benefit greatly from the alignment and our entry into the VFLW.”

Richmond CEO Brendon Gale said the partnership was fantastic for the Club’s Women’s program.

“We had to make a very difficult decision on the shape of our women’s pathway programs given the significant impact COVID-19 will have on our business in the short-to-medium term,” Gale said.

“We opted to focus available resources on our elite program to give our AFLW team the best chance to succeed.

“This alignment with Port Melbourne is a great outcome for both Clubs. It is exciting for our Richmond AFLW players to be able to compete in the VFLW competition. At the same time, those Port Melbourne players aspiring to become elite women’s footballers, will have the opportunity to play alongside our AFLW-listed players.”

The 2021 VFLW season will start in February and run through until July, meaning non-selected AFLW players will this year be able to play competitive games at the state level as a reserve grade in the early parts of the VFLW season.



* It's time to restore the VFA name.

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I'm not in favour of alignments (having been burnt by them previously and seeing their impact on other clubs). 

Here's hoping it works to the benefit of both clubs.  I think Port Melbourne were aware that they would not be able to compete without an influx of new talent in stepping up from the SE AFL competition.  Getting a list up and running from October 2020 to February 2021 just isnt enough time.


* It's time to restore the VFA name.