AFL Women's Thread

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Coobk001

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IMO I think the AFLW should go the whole hog.

Intro all 18 teams.

Create 2 divisions. 8 games per div, div 1 and div 2 flags, with promotion and relegation system.

Talent pool is thin, but this would even out the draw, keep it at only 8 games each year, give meaning to the crap teams, and allow that thin talent pool to balance out across divisions.
 

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RussellEbertHandball

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Good to see most if not all Lions girls are actually from QLD
AFLW National draft works so that players not signed under those special rules, can nominate which state or region they want to be drafted in, given its not fulltime and people have work, study and professional careers, so wouldnt be fair to have an open draft like the men.
 

VineValerian

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What?
Crows lost???

But....but....
Weren't they supposed to be unbackable faves?

Town Hall ticker tape parade. Keys to city.
Statue of the whole side to grace entrance to Adelaide Oval.
Pensions for life!
 

Alberton Proud

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Classic Sodastream / Crows Media interview

“After losing 2 Grand Finals ....

“After so much disappointment in the last few years...

“You must be so relieved to finally win something....
 

Ford Fairlane

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Classic Sodastream / Crows Media interview

“After losing 2 Grand Finals ....

“After so much disappointment in the last few years...

“You must be so relieved to finally win something....
Poor Soda all he has ever won is the MMM breakfast slot. And that was mostly thanks to Jodie Oddy's bogan chick shtick.
 

RussellEbertHandball

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The talent pool in those parts of the country has very little to do with the talent pool in SA. Do you get that the women's league doesn't have a national draft? The reason for the lopsided ladder isn't because of the talent pool's depth, it's because the talent hasn't been equally distributed.

Port Adelaide would have equal access to the incoming talent in their state, unlike those two clubs (Geelong technically does, but not in practice). And, given what the AFL learned via Richmond and West Coast, there's a chance Port will actually be given some decent start-up concessions for their inaugural season in 2023.
It is not a full time league so the majority of players come from the state the side they play for is based in.

You can't expect players in huge numbers to go and play and train interstate for 3 or 4 months, resign from their job and then expect their employer to re-employ them or leave study behind and continually fall behind.

So yeah, most players who nominate for the national draft, even though they can nominate whichever region/state they want, are going to nominate a state or metropolitan region where they live and has a club. So obviously the talent pool outside the state the player lives and the club is based will have minimal impact on them, but it will if expansion concessions are granted.

A few players, (that aren't a marquee signing or pre-list signing), are drafted by a side in a different state to the one where the player, plays in but it tends to be the bottom of the pile players or delisted players.

The talent pool was shallow in SA because no real money was poured into development of female football, compared to WA, where the WAFC took women's footy seriously 15 years before the SANFL did, and when the AFL took over other state leagues/associations, those associations poured more resources into the female game than the SANFL did.

It's why SA played in Div 2 of the national champs with NT, ACT and Tassie and didn't win every year.

But there has been a massive expansion in SA since 2017 and whilst there is good grass roots infrastructure of clubs close by the girls in Adelaide say compared to Brisbane or GC, they have issues re physical infrastructure in particular changing rooms and access to ovals.

The crows lucked out in partnering up with NT females for a third of their side the first 3 years. They "pinched" the best female footballer Erin Phillips from Port and basketball, because we didn't have a side. Signing WA star Chelsea Randall as their first marquee player was a massive coup. She had played for Swan Districts for a decade, won premierships there, won the WAWFL B&F player twice and was a 3 or 4 time All Australian at national championships.

Other thing the crows did right was sign and draft 8 or 9 players from Morphettville Park, who were the dominant side in SA Women's Football League for 6 or 7 years before AFLW started, and those players had played footy together, some for many years. Yes the crows have spent the resources developing players, but most were local girls.

Port will have to spend resources and hide talent to be more than just competitive from day 1. The local talent pool will be better than it was at the end of 2016, but who knows what the bloody zone, pre-signing, marquee, concession and draft rules will be available to Port around 2023/24 when we get a licence.
 

RussellEbertHandball

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SMA might have told the truth for once. One of the commentators or maybe it was a Lions player said the crowd was 28k and I though yep more SMA BS given they only said the crowd v Essendon was 29.9k, there wasn't 28k there. From the AFLW Match day report.


Crowd: 22,934 at Adelaide Oval
 

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