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AFLW season

tigersnake

Tear 'em apart
Sep 10, 2003
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It's booming at the grassroots level across Australia. From a zero base a few years ago. Kintore sports carnival last year had an 8 team comp! 3 the year before, none the year before that. Gone from girls can't play footy to girls can play footy. Revolutionary.
 

Tigers of Old

Proud of our Club.
Jul 26, 2004
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Very few women's team sports fund themselves.

True it doesn't have to be a cash cow but it will need to generate income of some kind. The AFL isn't made of money despite the calamatous Gold Coast adventure.
An entire competition can't be cheap to run.

Still AFLW is currently free entry. Still currently memberships are cheap as chips.
Still currently the girls playing are getting a fraction of of the male's salaries.
Still currently viewer numbers are moderate.
Soon enough the women are going to want to get paid a lot more & have more control of their league.
It's got to generate income of some kind to take the next step towards becoming a truly professional sport.
That's got to part of the big picture surely.
 
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tigerlove

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All the talk about AFLW having to fund itself is just bollocks. If all AFL clubs had to be viable would our club still exist, we've had to put our hands out at times. I'm sure there are a few clubs in Victoria who would go under without subsidies.

We cross subsidise because it keeps the teams in the competition.

We cross subsidise AFLW to build a competition. Maybe it will break even eventually, but it also has other benefits, wider interest in the game and the like, especially important for a game only played in one country.

The women's game will get better, it already has.

DS
AFL clubs, even those that struggle financially create large windfalls through TV and streaming rights so I think it's wrong to say they are propped up. Remains to be seen with new clubs like Gold Coast.

I can't see the AFLW ever being self sufficient, particularly if the players want to be paid closer to what men are paid. I don't think that's the AFLs aim. Women's game becomes just another competition subsidised by the AFL. Nothing wrong with that.
 

Ian4

BIN MAN!
May 6, 2004
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Melbourne
honestly, I reckon the AFL has completely stuffed up the AFLW. they should have started with 8 teams. Melbourne and Footscray (being the pioneers), Richmond and Collingwood (being the 2 biggest VIC clubs) and 1 team each from Adelaide, Perth, Sydney and SE QLD. Played a full home and away season (14 games) from day 1 and stuck with the same format for at least 5 years (probably 10 years) to give it time to consolidate and for the game to grow.

14 teams and 8 games each is a joke. the AFL isn't giving it any respect with only 8 games and it doesn't have the depth of talent for 14 teams.
 
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Harry

Tiger Legend
Mar 2, 2003
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Too many duds. Who is the chick that I don't know the name of? Useless. Delist her. And the other one? Not much better. Delist also. Who's the coach? Sack him or her. We haven't had a coach sacking at tigerland for a while.
 

TigerPort

Tiger Superstar
Jun 29, 2006
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I live in northern NSW in long term Rugby League and Union territory.

The local AFL club had a come and try day recently, with the view of setting up a women's team. They had enough turn up to field two teams and most signed up play.

I don't know how much you can put that down to the AFLW being in existence but the turn out blew everyone away.
 
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blx

Tiger Champion
Feb 11, 2004
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Melbourne
I think its great to witness the game in its infancy today because in time there will be some bonafide stars who have succeeded the full pathway.

We can then all sit back and with pride because we witnessed the entire journey.

ATM I think the talent pool is too thin for all these teams.

Every team today has at least 2-3 star players who shine above the others but then there is a big cliff.

I wonder if the AFL ever considered having just one team per city?

An All-Stars game would be a really good barometer for the public to see the great skills these girls have.
 
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Baloo

Delisted Free Agent
Nov 8, 2005
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By all reports Maurcie Rioli's daughter is better than her brothers. I wonder when she's eligible for the AFLW draft. And Pickett's daughter seemed to have great vision, evasive skills and not scared to tackle.
 
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taztiger4

Shovelheads- Keeping hipsters off Harley's
Jul 13, 2005
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I live in northern NSW in long term Rugby League and Union territory.

The local AFL club had a come and try day recently, with the view of setting up a women's team. They had enough turn up to field two teams and most signed up play.

I don't know how much you can put that down to the AFLW being in existence but the turn out blew everyone away.
you mean the local aussie rules club obviously
 

nswtiger

tiger army tiger army!! thank you very much
Feb 14, 2005
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Nrth NSW
re : our day last week

I watch 3/4 of the game

I think our coach need to coach his team and set up defensive and forward line plans with the skill level his team has GOT .............. NOT the skill level he think they should have.

they will be better for the run ..the coaches I mean!!!
 

tigerlove

Tiger Legend
Aug 9, 2014
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By all reports Maurcie Rioli's daughter is better than her brothers. I wonder when she's eligible for the AFLW draft. And Pickett's daughter seemed to have great vision, evasive skills and not scared to tackle.
Theoretically if good enough, can a girl be recruited into an AFL men's team? That would be interesting.
 

blx

Tiger Champion
Feb 11, 2004
4,192
354
Melbourne
re : our day last week

I watch 3/4 of the game

I think our coach need to coach his team and set up defensive and forward line plans with the skill level his team has GOT .............. NOT the skill level he think they should have.

they will be better for the run ..the coaches I mean!!!
it was mentioned on the night that the girls apparently were'nt executing the gameplan.

If our improvement in the VFL is any barometer I think the coaches are onto it and its just a wait and see thing as the season unfolds.

First game, first outing, things will get better.
 

hutstar

Tiger Superstar
Dec 17, 2002
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Florida
I saw a bit of Fremantle and Geelong this afternoon, it was a much higher standard, particularly Freo who showed the benefits of extra time in the comp.

I think our girls will have some very tough games, is it too early to call for a coach sacking? :p
How patient do we have to be? Might be time for a board challenge BR.
 
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tigertim

something funny is written here
Mar 6, 2004
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you mean the local aussie rules club obviously
I saw a quote about “former AFL player Seb Guilhaus”. I thought, geez, never heard that name before.

Turns out He played in the SANFL and the NTFL......