AFL North West's decision to stage a season, despite the lingering COVID menace, has provided it with an ideal platform from which to "showcase" the game.
So says AFL North West president Sonia Martin, who said the Bulldogs women were "amazing in the way they've come in and played so well".
The Bulldogs will play the Swans in the grand final after the latter's five-point win over Inverell at No 1 Oval on Saturday.
With two rounds remaining, the undefeated Bulldogs men have already book a grand final spot. The second-placed Swans and third-placed Nomads are both on 20 points, while Inverell are on 16.
Gunnedah thumped the Kangaroos 24.25 (169) to 1.9 (15) at Wolseley Oval on Saturday, while the Bulldogs women beat the Suns 13.8 (86) to 2.4 (16).
"It's just amazing how we've been able to get a whole season happening," Martin said, adding: "We kept our options open [regarding a season launch] - and we're so glad we did."
The women's game, she continued, "has come so far". "And you look at the skill level that was there [No 1 Oval] yesterday [Saturday] - it's just come ahead leaps and bounds."
Martin said the "competitiveness" of the women's game had also gone to another level.
"There's no beg-your-pardons out there," she said. "It's very competitive, and getting to be a very skilful game."
Louise Kestles, co-coach of Bulldogs women and a player, is "shocked" and 'honoured" over the side's grand final appointment.
"I actually got asked yesterday [Saturday] by one of my teammates, 'Did you think we were gonna be here [in the finale]?'. And my answer was 'no'."