Expand the AFLW in 2018
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Support for the 2017 AFLW competition has been overwhelming. From a lock out crowd of over 20,000 at the opening game, the AFLW consistently exceeded expectations. The Commission underestimated both the appeal of women's footy and the pent-up demand from players and fans.
The Commission has the power to grant additional licences, and at least two more Victorian clubs are ready with a women's team.
The AFLW strengthens footy. It attracts significant numbers of new players, spectators and fans to our great game, and opens important pathways and choices to athletes. It offers a new and distinct experience for footy fans. In 2017 they embraced the opportunity to watch footy at suburban grounds, and mix with players and fellow fans in a more grassroots, relaxed atmosphere.
The commission is worried about a depth of talent. But young women are now playing in greater numbers than ever, supported by better development and training opportunities. The next Erin Phillips, Daisy Pearce or Darcy Vescio is waiting, and this season's good ordinary players will come back better and stronger in 2018. As fans, we'll continue (as we do for the men's teams) to forgive sloppy skills and less-than-polished teamwork for the excitement, the competitiveness, and the glimpses of magic.
The AFLW needs to expand - the sooner the better.
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