The South West Football League women’s competition has received a sensational boost, with WAFLW powerhouses East Fremantle and Swan Districts committing to a series of scratch matches next Saturday at Hands Oval. Our all-conquering women’s representative team — coached by South Bunbury’s Maxwell Jetta — will take on both clubs, with the Swans and Sharks to square off between these two matches. The SWFL women’s team went undefeated at last season’s women’s country football championships, conceding only 13 points across five matches. For many of the players it will be the biggest on-field challenge they’ve faced at representative level — and they may have to go about their business without some of their SWFL teammates — including Bethany Bond, Beth Beckett, Charli Wicksteed and Ruby Mahony — who are already training with either the Sharks or Swans. One player who is establishing herself in the WAFLW is East Fremantle’s Doma Fedele, who took the next step with her football after playing with the Harvey Bulls for several years. Unsurprisingly, the humble midfielder is a big fan of the concept. “I think it’s a great opportunity for all involved,” Fedele said. “It provides excellent exposure for the South West girls to play against some of the best in the State. “It’s also a fantastic opportunity for the WAFLW players and coaching staff to witness all of the impressive country talent that we have down here. “I’m sure there will be lots of networking and it will hopefully give the aspiring local girls some motivation to take that next step in their football journey.” Even before becoming WAFLW league coach at Swan Districts, Adam Dancey knew full well how much talent was based out of the South West. Dancey had a front-row seat watching Dana East (Donnybrook, based from Manjimup) dominate last season prior to getting drafted by Fremantle — and now it appears he has several quality SWFL products keen to play for the black and whites. “Bethany Bond reads the game so well,” Dancey said. “She has a unique football brain and we are looking forward to getting her into the side. We feel she will add some firepower to our forward line.” Another player to have caught Dancey’s eye on the training track is Bunbury onballer Ruby Mahony, who has impressed coaches and teammates with how hard she trains. Swans are keen to offer more support and resources to listed players within their South West zone, in order to minimise additional trips to Perth. Round-robin fixtures (to be played at Hands Oval on February 5) 3.30pm - SWFL v East Fremantle, 4.40pm - East Fremantle v Swan Districts, 5.50pm - Swan Districts v SWFL.