Horsham's senior women's football team will take to field for its first competitive game this weekend, in a landmark moment for women's football in the region.
After a three-year-long effort to get the team started, the side will compete in the inaugural Deakin Uni Female Football League senior's competition.
Demon Amy Shrive said it was an exciting time for women's football in the region.
"It's been a long time coming, so it's good to finally a get a game," she said.
"This is the first time we've been able to have an actual fixture. There are six games, there are other teams, and there's something actually planned.
"There hasn't been that ever, so that's super exciting."
The Demons will play against teams from Hamilton, Warrnambool and Portland.
As the only senior women's offering in the region, the team goes beyond it's Horsham name.
"We've got girls travelling from Donald and around Miga Lake. Certainly, not everyone is local and five minutes down the road, so it's showing a lot of commitment to come to training and play on a Sunday," Shrive said.
"It's pretty special to have the team. I grew up in this area, and I'm sure there were other women over the years here that had wanted this opportunity."
Shrive played a hand in the formation of Horsham's junior football team that competes in the DUFFL competition, alongside the Horsham Saints and Stawell.
The juniors competition is limited to players under 18-years-old, leaving many keen footballers at a loss of what to do as they got older.
"Unless you went away to uni somewhere, the opportunity just wasn't there," Shrive said.
"There was nothing. Even the youth girls, three years ago there was nothing for that either.
"They had to play with the boys until they were 13 or 14 and then had to stop. So, it's always been about being able to offer an opportunity for women to come and have a kick and have a go."
The club is still welcoming new players, as women's football grows in the region.
Shrive was hopeful many would take the opportunity to get involved, irrespective of their football history.
"There isn't any need for prior experience. Some may have had a kick-to-kick with their brothers, or some may not have played before," she said. "Footy is just such a great game, and it's about making sure everyone has the chance to be involved with it if they want to."
The Demons are on the road this weekend against the Hamilton Kangaroos.
The side plays its first home game next week against the Portland Tigers in a doubleheader at City Oval, with the juniors taking to the field beforehand.
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