AFL Canberra's leading women's players have a chance to become trailblazers when they ignite an intra-city representative rivalry.
Selectors have assembled two squads in a bid to provide a higher standard of football with North set to meet South at Phillip Oval on Saturday afternoon.
The Gungahlin Jets, Belconnen Magpies and Ainslie Tricolours will form the North side while the South squad will feature players from the Queanbeyan Tigers, Eastlake Demons and Tuggeranong Hawks.
North coach Scott Reid says he is excited by the concept and the game will come as a big opportunity for players in the midst of a wave of momentum for women's football.
"I am a real believer in creating this level for the girls to play at, and it just gives them another opportunity to put their foot forward," Reid said
"They are trailblazers in a way, this is the first time that any of them have tried this sort of concept.
"There are so many young girls out there, playing AFL and I want them to embrace the opportunity and to realise there will be young girls out there looking at them and saying I want to be like her one day that is something that is really exciting."
South coach Leo Lahey believes there is a genuine sense of excitement leading into the landmark clash, which strays from traditional clashes which featured one Canberra side taking on another region.
"There's a lot of excitement around, certainly from all of the players and clubs that I have been involved with and they see it as a really exciting initiative and certainly one they are keen to support," Lahey said.
"[The playing group are] really keen to put on a good show and certainly part of that is developing a little bit of friendly rivalry between the North and South."
Both teams are likely to employ different game styles as Reid concedes his side his shorter in stature, but he is confident they can win with run and spread around the ground.
"We haven't got a great deal of height but we are skilled our biggest thing will be spread and accountability so when we have the ball we are hoping for some quick hands and really take the game on," Reid said.
Lahey says his side will have plenty of threats and dangerous options with bragging rights on the line.
"We have a lot of talent across the park. Certainly Jackie Parry from Queanbeyan is a threat. We've also got Anne-Maree Ghirardello who's an elite level player, and Annie Brearley from Eastlake who is also a standout and is very hard in-and-under style midfielder," Lahey said.
"There are certainly some very high performers [in the North side] and I probably expect them to avoid a contested game and I think they will be looking to get the ball out in to space."
Meanwhile, the AFL Canberra men's side will meet the Riverina at Phillip Oval from 4pm.