This weekend is an historic and monumental one for football in South Australia as the Adelaide Crows Women and AFLW expansion side Port Adelaide play matches.

Adelaide are the first South Australian cab off the rank, with the reigning premiers kicking off their season tonight in Glenelg, in a Grand Final rematch against the Melbourne Demons.

Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing, Katrine Hildyard, will be there to toss the coin before the match.

On Saturday Port Adelaide will play their inaugural match against the West Coast Eagles in Western Australia, before their first home game in Round 2 where they will take on the Western Bulldogs.

Quotes attributable to Katrine Hildyard

I am incredibly excited to be able to watch both Adelaide and Port Adelaide take on the rest of the AFLW.

I wish both teams the very best of luck on this historic weekend and throughout the season, and hope to see them top of the table on Monday.

These remarkable athletes are inspiring the next generation of football superstars and through being celebrated for their strength, talent and skills, they are powerfully changing the way women are seen.

September is SA women’s sport month and on the 30th, South Australians will see these teams up against each other in the first women’s Showdown at Adelaide Oval – an historic moment for football and our whole community.