Darley’s female football side has secured their first ever major sponsor, a landmark partnership looking to support them for years to come.

SilverPeak Construction, a Bacchus Marsh building company, have been involved in sponsoring the club over the years. This year they have signed on as the major sponsor of women’s football.

Owner James Hearn said supporting the women’s team aligns with the company’s commitment to community involvement and empowerment.

“As an organisation, we believe in the importance of providing opportunities for female athletes to thrive.”

“Sponsoring the women’s side allows us to contribute to the growth and development of women’s athletics at the grassroots level, fostering a more inclusive and diverse sporting community,” he said.

“We are passionate about creating positive change and making a meaningful impact in the lives of athletes, regardless of gender.”

two women celebrate a goal dressed in DFNC attire, black and white

Maddy Lister and Kim Bessel celebrate a goal during the women’s first final against Sebas (2023)

Support from local business fostering growth in female footy

Devil’s female football coach Brett Faulkhead said that as a team they are very grateful for all sponsors, both last year and those that have joined again this year.

“We are also very excited to announce SilverPeak Construction as our first major sponsor of the Darley Women’s Football Team.

“The multi-year partnership is clear that women’s football is being recognised and supported by our local community as we move into the new season,” he said.

Club president Mark Shelly said this is a fantastic announcement as it’s hard for a grassroots club to function without these types of sponsorships.

“We appreciate that we want to be able to give back to these sponsors as well, to show our appreciation across all levels of the club.

“It’s great to see a major sponsor get behind the girl’s football as we see it evolve year in and year out, and as we continue to see it evolve in the years to come,” Mark Shelly said.

It’s a huge announcement coming off a successful 2023 season which saw the women’s football side bring home the flag, beating Redan 65 to 15.

darley football player, dressed in black and white, lays a tackle on a sebas player, dressed in blue and yellow

Tylah Wright lays a tackle on a Sebas player during the 2023 season

This added to a successful finals campaign across the board with two of DFNC’s netball sides and our senior men’s team bringing home the cup.

Looking ahead to 2024

This year preseason is in full swing, with the women’s team working hard at training to not only improve as a team, but each player is individually looking at improving themselves.

“Yes, we lost a few players from our list from last year, but that’s normal,” coach Brett Faulkhead said.

“I can say we have also recruited several players that will assist us in our pursuit for another successful year.”

Coach Brett Faulkhead described his team as “the hunted” this year.

“The women know that we cannot just do what we did last season and expect victory,” he said. “We need to raise the bar again to ensure our development continues which will prepare us for each game.

“The Darley FNC has worked very hard over the last few years to ensure there is a pathway from our junior girls through to our women’s team, and this will continue to grow now and into our future,” he said.

The women’s footy season kicks off with an away game against North Ballarat on Saturday, April 20.

Their first game on home soil is set for Saturday April 27, unveiling of the 2023 premiership flag to follow.

The senior men’s football and women’s netball games commence the week before on Saturday April 13 at home against East Point.