It’s game on as four all-girl AFL teams go head-to-head for the first time at this month’s ChillOut Festival in Daylesford.
The inaugural ChillOut Tournament Cup is one of a few new events for Australia’s biggest and longest running queer country festival held over the March 8-11 weekend. It is also sporting a retrospective exhibition, looking over the event’s 15-year history in photos and paraphernalia, and a busking competition drawing talent from near and far. The Victorian country and metro girls’ teams will also hold an exhibition match alongside the tournament at the Trentham Sportsground on Saturday, March 9.
Festival director Simone Gordon told the Star Observer the AFL women’s teams were “pumped” for the tournament.
“Women’s football in regional Victoria has been up and going for the past two-and-a-half to three years,” she said.
“[We] managed to convince the ladies that it might be a good idea, a really good opportunity to create more awareness as far as women’s football goes.
“They’re pumped and really looking forward to it, you know, really glad to be part of the festival because they’re hoping not only will they have a great tournament but also spark some more interest in the teams participating, to get some more ladies on board.”
More than 20 different events will be held over the weekend in Daylesford and other areas including Hepburn, Trentham and Kyneton.
The annual ChillOut Street Parade, Carnival Day and Dance Party are held on Sunday, March 10.