The Crows will kick off their AFLW pre-season preparations with a trip to Cairns later this week.

AFLW pre-season officially begins today (Monday, June 1) and the team will train at West Lakes early this week, before flying to Cairns on Thursday morning.

The four-day camp will have a focus on team bonding and community engagement, with the Crows hosting a school nine-aside tournament and Auskick clinic with the QAFL and visiting local junior clubs as part of their activities.

Head of Women’s Football Phil Harper said it was important for the Club to give back to the community on the trip.

“Having been involved in the promotion of AFL in Queensland many years ago, I know that promoting the sport up in far north Queensland is a great thing,” Harper said.

“Our girls are great promoters of the game and they do it really well so I’m sure we will get a good turn out from the locals in Cairns and surrounding areas.

“The QAFL have put together some initiatives which we are really looking forward to supporting, it should be good fun.”

The players will also participate in a number of team building activities including a family feud style game, a trip to the Crystal Cascades waterfalls and a Great Barrier Reef tour, as well as football and gym training sessions.

Harper said the trip would be a good opportunity for the team to build connections and set some goals early in their pre-season preparations.

“We plan to set the ground rules for the season straight away and set up some goals and standards while on the trip,” Harper said.

“Most of our players have been together for a long time and although our new players have done a far bit of training with the group over the last two or three months, it will be great for them to go away with their new teammates and get to know the whole squad a bit better.”

The 2024 AFLW fixture was released on Friday, and the Crows will kick off their campaign against Port Adelaide on Saturday August 31.

Crows 2024 AFLW Memberships are available here.