2019 state leagues preview: Who are the teams to watch?

WITH the AFL Women's Trade and Signing period over, attention now turns to the state leagues around the country. 

AFLW players will gradually filter back into their respective sides after some time off, while keep an eye out for under-18 draft hopefuls taking to the field in the second half of the season after the NAB AFLW Under-18 Championships.

Take a look below to find out a bit more about your state league: 

Adelaide Footy League (South Australia)

Season starts: The season kicks off on Saturday, May 11. 

Last year's premiers: Salisbury 5.10 (40) def Adelaide University 3.4 (22)

What's new? The 2019 season has seen a few changes, with Mount Lofty and Angle Vale promoted from division two and Fitzroy dropping down. Port Adelaide will not field a side, while SMOSH West Lakes joins the competition. 

Teams to watch: Morphettville Park is a traditionally strong side, while reigning premier Salisbury has had a number of its players drafted to the AFLW.

AFL Canberra (ACT)

Season starts: This weekend is round three of the AFL Canberra women's competition.

Last year's premiers: Eastlake 6.7 (43) def Queanbeyan 5.1 (31) 

What's new? There's been very little change this year in the premier division of the AFL Canberra competition, with all six teams returning for 2019. Underneath, the previous nine-team second division has been split into two, as an additional three teams have joined.

Teams to watch: Last year's runners-up, Queanbeyan, has already recorded two wins, with a combined total of 314 points for and none against. Ainslie is also undefeated after two games. 

NTFLW (Northern Territory)

The NTFLW runs through the summer months, meaning its season is finished.

Waratah 3.3 (21) defeated Southern Districts 0.3 (3) in the Grand Final. 

QAFLW (Queensland) 

Season starts: This weekend marks round four of the QAFLW competition. 

Last year's premiers: Wilston Grange 5.7 (37) def Coorparoo 3.5 (23)

What's new? Aspley Hornets WFC has taken the step up from QWFA Division One to the newly renamed QAFLW premier competition (previously QWAFL). A QAFLW reserves division has also been added to the competition for 2019. 

Teams to watch: Yeronga South Brisbane, Wilston Grange and Coorparoo are traditionally the stronger Queensland sides. With Gold Coast able to continue to add players from its academy to its AFLW list ahead of its entry in 2020, it's worth keeping an eye on players from sides based on the Gold Coast such as Coolangatta Tweed and Bond University

SANFLW (South Australia)

Season starts: The SANFLW runs to a different timetable to most state leagues. This weekend will see round 10 being played, the final home and away round before finals. 

Last year's premiers: South Adelaide 4.6 (30) def Norwood 4.1 (25)

What's new? Central District and Woodville-West Torrens joined this year, taking the competition to eight teams. 

Teams to watch: Last year's grand finalists have replicated their form this season. Coming into the final round of home and away matches, Norwood is sitting top of the ladder having lost just one of its nine games, while South Adelaide is in second place. 

AFL Sydney (New South Wales)

Season starts: This weekend marks round four of the AFL Sydney women's competition. 

Last year's premiers: UNSW-Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 7.3 (45) def Macquarie University 3.4 (22) 

What's new? The Auburn Giants (the club who produced GWS' Haneen Zreika) is not fielding a senior women's team this season, with Inner West Magpies taking its spot. The East Coast Eagles has also replaced Western Wolves. 

Teams to watch: After three rounds of the season with the vast majority of GWS AFLW players still to return to the league, Sydney University Bombers is sitting comfortably in first position. UNSW-Eastern Suburbs has won three of the past four flags. 

TSLW (Tasmania) 

Season starts: Round one consisted of one game on Anzac Day, with the remaining teams set to play their first game for the year this weekend. 

Last year's premiers: Glenorchy 6.1 (37) def Clarence 5.5 (35) 

What's new? There's been a bit of shuffling in the TSLW for 2019. Burnie is not fielding a senior women's team (but do have youth girls sides running), while Lauderdale and North Launceston have joined the competition. 

Teams to watch: Glenorchy is one of the higher-scoring sides in the competition, while Clarence has featured in three of the past four grand finals. 

VFLW (Victoria) 

Season starts: Part one of round one is Sunday, May 5, with remaining round one matches played the following week. 

Last year's premiers: Hawthorn 4.6 (30) def Geelong 2.7 (19)

What's new? After several successive years of change for top-level women's football in Victoria, 2019 shapes as a season of maintenance. Greater Western Sydney will play five invitational matches scattered throughout the season, playing teams who would otherwise have byes. 

Teams to watch: With Richmond and St Kilda joining the AFLW in 2020, eyes will be on the clubs' respective VFLW squads. Both sides can continue to sign players from their VFLW list to their AFLW list throughout the season. Hawthorn will be eager to maintain its status as one of the strongest Victorian sides, while North Melbourne affiliate Melbourne Uni will have the services of more AFLW players than it did last year. 

WAFLW (Western Australia) 

Season starts: Sunday, May 5

Last year's premiers: East Fremantle 6.5 (41) def Subiaco 5.6 (36) 

What's new? There's a new competition in Western Australia for state women's footy, with the WAWFL joining forces with the WAFL to form the WAFLW. Just five teams will be in the first season of the league – East Fremantle, Swan Districts, Subiaco, Claremont and Peel – with South Fremantle given a provisional licence for 2020. Perth Angels and West Perth will continue to field sides in the reserves league.

Teams to watch: With five teams in the competition, it's difficult to pick out individual sides. Fremantle skipper Kara Donnellan has taken the head coaching role at Swan Districts, while Subiaco is perennially strong and has the most players with AFLW experience on its list