No women’s team for Gisborne

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Gisborne won’t field a women’s team in the Essendon District Football League women’s competition this season.

The Bulldogs, who have played finals the past two seasons in the division 1 competition, announced last week on social media they wouldn’t have a team this season.

“The GFNC have an important update regarding our senior women’s team for the upcoming 2024 competition,” the club said on social media.

“Unfortunately, due to low numbers, we will not be able to field a senior women’s football side this year.

“We understand this news may come as a disappointment, but please know that the decision was made with careful consideration for the long term future of women’s football at our club.

“The club is hard at work putting plans in place for the 2025 season, and it all starts tomorrow. We’re committed to coming back stronger and more determined than ever before. To our dedicated players, coaches, supporters, and sponsors, thank you for your continued support and understanding during this time. Together, we’ll overcome this hurdle and emerge even stronger. ”

“Stay tuned for updates and get ready to cheer on our senior women’s team in 2025.”

The Bulldogs have also had an under-18.5s girls team in the EDFL the past few years.

The Bulldogs have been hurt with a number of new teams forming in the Macedon Ranges.

In 2022, the Bulldogs were one of two Macedon Ranges women’s football team. Last year there five teams including the Bulldogs and Lancefield has formed a team for this season.