On Saturday Riverina Lions are off to Canberra to confront Molonglo, a team that beat them in the tier two grand final last season.
However there’s a sense of renewal in the Lions camp after a strong recruitment phase in the off-season.
A significant contingent of Lions players made their Australian Rules debut against ADFA on April 8.
The Lions fought admirably, and bled a couple of goals in the fourth quarter, leading to a 16-point loss.
“It was a great first game...good to see all our hard work in the pre-season come together,” Lions coach Dean Ward said.
“It was great for the new girls to the game to see how AFL is played.”
“We’re looking forward to the challenge and experience," Ward said.
Molonglo are yet to play this season.
Meanwhile, Cootamundra Blues play their first AFL Canberra women’s game on Saturday.
The Blues meet top tier defending premiers, Gungahlin Jets, at Clarke Oval in Cootamundra at 1pm.