- Apr 20, 2004
They need Hocking to come in a fix it.
Your last sentence resonates with me. Women's basketball doesn't have the features of men's game ...dunks, alley oops,... but it is a highly entertaining high quality sport with a higher emphasis on team play than the one on one style of men's game.It will take time, but I saw some glimpses of what AFLW can be in Carlton's ball movement at times in the third quarter.
It will not be the same as men's footy. A fair few of the women playing AFLW would go fine in mixed leagues at lower levels, but at the top level you are dealing with the best of the best and that is where the biological differences do come into play. For most of us biological sex is not going to be the determining factor of who is a better player, but at the top, where the skill levels are similar and advantages are small, it makes a difference.
They need to get up to speed on skills, which is happening, and then create their own style of game.
The problem is if there isn't a vast improvement people will drop off.Nothing needs to be fixed cos there is nothing "wrong" with it. If you don't like....you know the rest.
We did, and we were roasted for it, worst since Fitzroy, Tambling over Buddy, Richmondy, Ninthmond etc.Well Damien hardwick’s team has a tough time in their first couple of seasons and you know what?
I’ll back the women to keep improving and end up playing a pretty tidy brand.
So this. All for AFLW. Absolutely deserves its place in the footballing landscape. Will grow quickly.Trying to compare AFLW to AFL is just stupid really.
I have said for some time it's an amateur sport presented as a professional one as it stands.IMO the AFL has gone too hard and too early with the AFLW. Overly significant money/time/resources has been put into it and will continue to be the case for years due to low crowds/average skills/ticket sales and low memberships.
Can't see it being close to financially viable anytime soon.
I agree it should not be denigrated, but should be open to discussion and criticism where necessary.So this. All for AFLW. Absolutely deserves its place in the footballing landscape. Will grow quickly.
Doesn’t mean I have to watch it but I wholeheartedly support its right to be and not denigrate it.
It's the biggest growth channel for the AFL supporter base. The AFL know good and well that the standard is irrelevant to it being judged a success. They are in it for the long haul. Backing out or defunding would be a PR disaster.I agree it should not be denigrated, but should be open to discussion and criticism where necessary.
There are a lot of women's sports these days, some of which I mentioned earlier. There are others I did not mention like swimming, water polo, basketball, softball and netball.
All these games show a high degree of skill and just hope the women's afl football reaches those heights in due course.
At the moment the game as presented leaves a lot to be desired.
Nah I can't see it. I can't see women's footy growing to the large attendances needed to really make a difference to the AFLs supporter base. Over time it will probably compare to VFL level in attendances. I don't see a shortage of girls at AFL footy games either. Compare it to other codes. I don't see it as a growth channel at all. But there is no doubt AFLW has increased participation. The number of local level women's teams have grown immensely. This will undoubtedly flow through to the women's competition over time. There's nothing wrong with girls playing AFL footy, it's great actually. Even the Victorian Masters comp is growing by another 4 teams this year but there will always be a much higher percentage who just don't find watching women's footy interesting. And that includes many women.It's the biggest growth channel for the AFL supporter base. The AFL know good and well that the standard is irrelevant to it being judged a success. They are in it for the long haul. Backing out or defunding would be a PR disaster.
The entire premise of AFLW in my humble view has been to gain more women viewers of the AFL to replace the disgruntled fan who has been watching for a long term and starting to drop. One thing the AFL is not is some kind of altruistic caring sharing community based organisation. There is a strategic long term economic benefit of AFLW to AFLM. We, the public just don't see that document.
Will it need to fund itself though?The true test will come when it has to fund itself.