Female Football History
Redan established its first female football team in 2011 when the Youth Girls team formed.
Redan was one of four Ballarat Football Netball League teams that formed youth girl’s teams for their first season of competition. In 2011 and 2012 Redan played off in the Grand Finals against the undefeated Ballarat team, being beaten on the day in both games.
2013 was to be the year of the Lions. In an expanded ten team competition which included teams from Gisborne, Riddells Creek and Ararat, Redan once again found its chief rival to be Ballarat. After being defeated by Ballarat in both home and away games and in the 1st Semi Final, Redan defeated Golden Point to advance to a third premiership decider against Ballarat in a row.
In an epic grand final encounter, Redan finally prevailed against Ballarat at its 10th attempt sparking great celebrations. In 2014 the Redan Youth Girls went back-to-back, celebrating as Premiers and Champions in the Ballarat Football Netball League. In 2015 the Youth Girls again played off in the Premiership decider, only to be beaten by a more hungry Lake Wendouree team.
In 2016 the Youth Girls again played off in the Premiership decider for the sixth year in a row, falling to a strong Ararat team.
In 2014, Redan formed an Open Age Women’s team which played in Division 2 of the Victorian Women's Football League. The Redan Women’s team participated in finals in their first two years of competition; a fantastic achievement! A semi final appearance in 2014 was followed up with a preliminary final in 2015. In 2016 Redan competed in Division 1 of a restructured VWFL competition. After a slow start to the season the team found form in the later rounds to record some strong victories.
In 2017, the Open Age Women’s team left the VWFL competition to join the newly formed AFL Goldfields Completion. Such was the level of interest in Women’s football, Redan fielded a team in both the first and second divisions – The only team to do so. The AFL Goldfields Competition included teams not only from Ballarat but from Geelong and the Bellarine peninsula, Gisborne, Sunbury, Melton and Carisbrook. Redan’s division one team made it all the way to the Grand final only to be defeated by Nth Geelong.
In 2018, With the introduction of a woman’s league for Geelong and Bellarine peninsula, The open age women’s two division AFL goldfields competition was consolidated into one division. Redan’s Open age women’s team broke through for an historic premiership against East Ballarat and coming within one point of remaining undefeated for the season. This was the first team from Ballarat ever to win the woman’s open age premiership. 2018 was also notable for a celebration the club held at the City Oval to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary for the first woman’s game ever played in Ballarat.
2016 also saw the formation of our Junior Girls U/12 team; one of four teams that formed a new competition in the Ballarat Football Netball League. In a fantastic first season the team remained undefeated all season to claim the Premiership against Lake Wendouree.
With the formation of the new national women’s competition, a full participation pathway is developing for our female footballers. In the inaugural draft for the national competition two female footballers with Redan connections were drafted. Nicole Hildebrand played with the Redan Women’s team in 2014. Nicole was drafted by Brisbane at pick 18 in the draft. Sally Riley was a Redan A Grade Netball Premiership player who pursued her football career after moving to the Northern Territory with her work. Sally was drafted by the Adelaide Crows at pick 39.
2019 saw Redan compete in three Grand Finals with the Under 15s premiers and the Seniors and Under 13s finishing runners up.
We look forward to the continuing growth, development and success of our Lady Lions! We are proud to be able to provide the opportunities for our female footballers to pursue their dreams.