BATTLE IN BLUE: Warners Bay vs Newcastle City last season. Image via Narelle Spangher/AFL NSW-ACT.

The new-look AFL Hunter Central Coast Womens competition is set to begin with a bang in 2019, as twelve of the fifteen teams in the competition descend on the Central Coast Regional Sporting and Recreation Complex for the opening round of the league.

Played as part of a “weekend of festivites” alongside the Black Diamond Cup, the six women’s games will begin from 9am on Saturday, March 30. The festival is set to be played across twelve hours as the team’s are put on show in the new Hunter and Central Coast footy league.

According to a preliminary fixture list revealed ahead of the official release later this month, Gosford and The Entrance Bateau Bay will be the first teams up on the day, kicking off their AFLHCC season at 9am at the multi-field complex.

They will be followed by Warners Bay vs Wyong Lakes (11am), Killarney Vale vs Muswellbrook (1pm), Wallsend-West Newcastle vs Cardiff (3pm), Maitland vs Newcastle City (5pm) and Lake Macquarie vs Terrigal Avoca (7pm), according to the draft of the AFLHCC fixtures for 2019.

Singleton vs Nelson Bay will also be played in the opening round of the competition, but the Roosterettes will play their match against the 2018 runners-up at Rose Point Park ahead of the home club’s Black Diamond Cup match. The women’s match will be held on March 30 alongside the Central Coast festival, and will kick-off at midday.

Wyong Lakes vs Nelson Bay in the preliminary final last season. Image via Ken Hogan.

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The AFL Hunter Central Coast organising bodies have also confirmed another fantastic piece of news  ahead of the 2019 season – grassroots streaming company BarTV have come onboard to cover the competition this year.

The streaming company, which airs most of its coverage on its YouTube channel, will cover one game a round for the AFL HCC Womens throughout the eighteen rounds. It also has plans to cover representative fixtures like the clash between AFL Hunter Central Coast vs AFL South Coast in May.

The full fixture list is set to be released in the coming weeks by AFL Hunter Central Coast. The season will kick-off on March 30. The 2019 finals will begin from August 24.