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TigermanM2

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NO AFLW EXPANSION EXPECTED IN 2022
BY NIC NEGREPONTIS AN HOUR AGO


The AFLW competition appears certain to remain at 14 teams for the upcoming 2022 season.
The league has expanded quickly since 2017, jumping from eight to 10 to 14 in its first four seasons.

Hawthorn, Essendon, Sydney and Port Adelaide remain on the outside for different reasons.
The Hawks in both 2016 and 2018 stated they either weren’t ready or did not yet want an AFLW side, while the Bombers and Power similarly stated they weren’t yet ready back when the previous licenses were awarded.
Sydney faces a different challenge, as they and GWS attempt to build women’s footy from scratch in New South Wales.

A final decision on what the 2022 AFLW season will look like is set to come next week, but SEN Chief Reporter Sam Edmund believes the recommendation will be to hold at 14 teams next year.

“The AFLW competition committee met yesterday in what was a crucial sit down to map out where the league goes from here, what it looks like and when it’s actually going to be held,” Edmund told SEN Breakfast.

“The four AFL clubs yet to be admitted into the competition are all pushing to enter the league, particularly Hawthorn and Essendon, who are adamant they should be able to field a side next year.

“Yesterday that committee was strong on there being no expansion and they have put that recommendation to the Commission.

“It’s sounding like the gates will be locked on expansion in the short term. The Commission will make a final decision on the structure next week.”

The COVID-19 crisis hit AFLW particularly hard. The Victorian talent pool, which will eventually be expected to carry 10 teams, was setback a full year at both VFLW and NAB League levels because of the lockdowns across 2020.

Key figures in AFLW, including St Kilda coach Peta Searle, Carlton coach Daniel Harford and premiership Brisbane coach Craig Starcevich, have all called for a period of consolidation and a break from expansion at various stages this year.
Starcevich was particularly strong following the AFLW Grand Final.

"It's painful when (expansion) happens and I reckon the next phase of it should just calm the farm for a little while,” he said.

"Let's wait for a few years because I don't want to go through that again and I suspect the 14 current clubs don't want to go through that again."

Another factor in this is timing. The six original expansion teams received the nod of approval more than 12 months out, giving them time to recruit both players and staff.
Given it’s currently May and the AFLW trade period is set to start this month, bringing new teams in as soon as 2022 would be a logistical nightmare.
The next big topic in AFLW is when the competition will start.

The Age’s Daniel Cherny reported earlier in the week that there is a push to start the season in December, limiting crossover with the men’s season.
Edmund adds that Richmond CEO Brendon Gale raised the issue of overworked staff at the meeting yesterday.

“Brendon Gale was particularly vocal and critical in this meeting of the AFL over the workload and staff shortages at the clubs, particularly after the AFLW season overlapped significantly earlier this year,” Edmund said.

“It now appears inevitable that the AFLW season starts earlier in December as forecast. Up against the cricket and the Australian Open, but it has more clear from the AFL and eases stretched football departments after the soft cap reductions there.

“In many cases these clubs are horribly understaffed when juggling two programs.”

Starting the AFLW season in December would have to be approved by the AFLPA, given the shift would impact work commitments and mean playing through the entirety of summer.
 

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TigermanM2

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Tayla Harris’ future in the balance; multi-club races for guns run and won: Mega AFLW trade wrap
Tom Morris from Fox Sports
May 6th, 2021 4:03 pm
Get the latest AFLW trade news.


AFLW superstars Darcy Vescio and Chloe Molloy are set to pen two-year contracts at Carlton and Collingwood respectively, while Geelong’s Olivia Purcell is set to defect to Melbourne.
The AFLW silly season is ramping up ahead of an expected trade period in late May or early June, with a host of high profile guns yet to formally sign on the dotted line.
Blues forward Vescio was courted by St Kilda and Geelong but has agreed to terms on a deal that will keep her at Ikon Park for another two years, her agent Alex Saundry confirmed to Foxfooty.com.au on Thursday.

Premiers Brisbane believed they were an outside chance to snare Molloy after she spent a portion of last year in Queensland with her partner, but St Kilda came hardest for the crafty matchwinner, while Geelong also made an ultimately futile pitch.

But the Magpies will be relieved to know the All-Australian intends to shun large financial proposals from rival clubs and remain in black and white for two more seasons, which is the maximum length contract in women’s football at the moment.

Elsewhere, Richmond and Monique Conti won’t be separating anytime soon. The gun ball-winner will sign on and the only question is whether she does so for one or two seasons.

Cats midfielder Purcell was also being wooed by St Kilda but sources have confirmed the Demons are likely to win her signature.

Purcell’s ACL injury could keep her out until midway through the next AFLW season but it’s understood she’s keen to play for a team that’s contending and the Demons are clearly closer to a flag than the struggling Cats.

Also at Geelong, Richelle Cranston could be on the move but so far there has not been much interest for her services. Clubs say the Cats have been shopping her around, with limited success so far.

Richmond skipper Katie Brennan will remain at Punt Road, likely on a two-year arrangement. Her manager and the club are working through the finer details of the contract following a career-best campaign.

The same applies to Jess Hosking and Carlton, who are both keen to remain together but are yet to come to a financial agreement. Her sister, Sarah Hosking, still has a year to run on her deal at Tigerland.


Young Tigers star Ellie McKenzie penned a one-year deal after she was taken with Pick 1 in the AFLW draft and will recommit to a new contract – likely two years – in the coming weeks.

Ellie McKenzie starred in her first AFLW season. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)
Ellie McKenzie starred in her first AFLW season. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

GWS on-baller Jess Dal Pos received interest from Geelong but is more likely to end up at Carlton. Her reasons for leaving the Giants are more to do with the fact she’s about to finish at paramedics course than anything football related.

Carlton’s Tayla Harris looms as the big news story of the trade period. The Blues won’t say it publicly, but they would entertain offers from other clubs for the 24-year-old. It’s understood Harris would prefer to stay at Carlton but there is little doubt the relationship between her and the club has deteriorated after Foxfooty.com.au revealed she left training early to post an Instagram photo one night.

Sources say it’s not irreconcilable, but will take some serious work for Harris to remain at Ikon Park in 2022.

At the Western Bulldogs captain Ellie Blackburn is certain to ink a new two-year deal. When she was last out of contract, rival teams had a crack at getting her. But not this time. There is a general acceptance around the AFLW industry that the gun ball-winner is going nowhere.

The Dogs are also a strong chance to lure Elle Bennetts from GWS, who has a link to coach Nathan Burke through her teaching career in Bayside Melbourne.

At Fremantle, an intriguing situation looms with Kara and Ebony Antonio, who are both out of contract.

As it stands, there is a significant chasm between the Dockers’ financial proposal and the figure the players have asked for. Negotiations are ongoing but are moving slowly.

Richmond forward Sabrina Frederick is out of contract after an underwhelming season and has received attention from Collingwood. The Tigers tried her in defence for a stint late in the year but she struggled to have an impact.

Clubs are hopeful the trade period will take place in late May after it was delayed last month. The Commission meeting on May 12 looms large for several reasons: Expansion, concessions for up to five clubs and the next Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA)

Clubs and player agents are free to lock in one-year deals, but there is uncertainty on the second year until the league determines the salary cap beyond next season.

The aforementioned big fish (Vescio, Molloy, Brennan and Blackburn) can all agree to terms but are unlikely to formally sign until the CBA is finalised.
 
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Stan Judkins

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Tayla Harris’ future in the balance; multi-club races for guns run and won: Mega AFLW trade wrap
Tom Morris from Fox Sports
May 6th, 2021 4:03 pm
Get the latest AFLW trade news.


AFLW superstars Darcy Vescio and Chloe Molloy are set to pen two-year contracts at Carlton and Collingwood respectively, while Geelong’s Olivia Purcell is set to defect to Melbourne.
The AFLW silly season is ramping up ahead of an expected trade period in late May or early June, with a host of high profile guns yet to formally sign on the dotted line.
Blues forward Vescio was courted by St Kilda and Geelong but has agreed to terms on a deal that will keep her at Ikon Park for another two years, her agent Alex Saundry confirmed to Foxfooty.com.au on Thursday.

Premiers Brisbane believed they were an outside chance to snare Molloy after she spent a portion of last year in Queensland with her partner, but St Kilda came hardest for the crafty matchwinner, while Geelong also made an ultimately futile pitch.

But the Magpies will be relieved to know the All-Australian intends to shun large financial proposals from rival clubs and remain in black and white for two more seasons, which is the maximum length contract in women’s football at the moment.

Elsewhere, Richmond and Monique Conti won’t be separating anytime soon. The gun ball-winner will sign on and the only question is whether she does so for one or two seasons.

Cats midfielder Purcell was also being wooed by St Kilda but sources have confirmed the Demons are likely to win her signature.

Purcell’s ACL injury could keep her out until midway through the next AFLW season but it’s understood she’s keen to play for a team that’s contending and the Demons are clearly closer to a flag than the struggling Cats.

Also at Geelong, Richelle Cranston could be on the move but so far there has not been much interest for her services. Clubs say the Cats have been shopping her around, with limited success so far.

Richmond skipper Katie Brennan will remain at Punt Road, likely on a two-year arrangement. Her manager and the club are working through the finer details of the contract following a career-best campaign.

The same applies to Jess Hosking and Carlton, who are both keen to remain together but are yet to come to a financial agreement. Her sister, Sarah Hosking, still has a year to run on her deal at Tigerland.


Young Tigers star Ellie McKenzie penned a one-year deal after she was taken with Pick 1 in the AFLW draft and will recommit to a new contract – likely two years – in the coming weeks.

Ellie McKenzie starred in her first AFLW season. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)
Ellie McKenzie starred in her first AFLW season. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

GWS on-baller Jess Dal Pos received interest from Geelong but is more likely to end up at Carlton. Her reasons for leaving the Giants are more to do with the fact she’s about to finish at paramedics course than anything football related.

Carlton’s Tayla Harris looms as the big news story of the trade period. The Blues won’t say it publicly, but they would entertain offers from other clubs for the 24-year-old. It’s understood Harris would prefer to stay at Carlton but there is little doubt the relationship between her and the club has deteriorated after Foxfooty.com.au revealed she left training early to post an Instagram photo one night.

Sources say it’s not irreconcilable, but will take some serious work for Harris to remain at Ikon Park in 2022.

At the Western Bulldogs captain Ellie Blackburn is certain to ink a new two-year deal. When she was last out of contract, rival teams had a crack at getting her. But not this time. There is a general acceptance around the AFLW industry that the gun ball-winner is going nowhere.

The Dogs are also a strong chance to lure Elle Bennetts from GWS, who has a link to coach Nathan Burke through her teaching career in Bayside Melbourne.

At Fremantle, an intriguing situation looms with Kara and Ebony Antonio, who are both out of contract.

As it stands, there is a significant chasm between the Dockers’ financial proposal and the figure the players have asked for. Negotiations are ongoing but are moving slowly.

Richmond forward Sabrina Frederick is out of contract after an underwhelming season and has received attention from Collingwood. The Tigers tried her in defence for a stint late in the year but she struggled to have an impact.

Clubs are hopeful the trade period will take place in late May after it was delayed last month. The Commission meeting on May 12 looms large for several reasons: Expansion, concessions for up to five clubs and the next Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA)

Clubs and player agents are free to lock in one-year deals, but there is uncertainty on the second year until the league determines the salary cap beyond next season.

The aforementioned big fish (Vescio, Molloy, Brennan and Blackburn) can all agree to terms but are unlikely to formally sign until the CBA is finalised.
Yeah Monique Conti, Katie Brennan, Ellie McKenzie, are hopefully signing 2 year contract extensions

Richmond forward Sabrina Frederick is out of contract after an underwhelming season and has received attention from Collingwood.
Interesting, would we entertain a trade for their 1st pick?
 

Stan Judkins

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No mention of any targets however our stars look like signing max 2y deals. We really need to trade in some qty to add to our core , wonder if hosking sister Jess would be a worthy addition
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We really need to trade in some qty to add to our core
do we really need to?
It;s a yes if we get a concession pick, on traded for a player, like last year or if Fredericks moves on, other wise i'm inclined to go to the draft predominantly
We've delisted a lot of young players in the past 2 seasons and unless we get a very good 24-25 year old that fills a hole, i don't think it would be worth it
A lot of very good young players in this years draft could fit straight in our best 21 next season
we have 13 players in the 26-34 age group and 13 players in 19-25

wonder if hosking sister Jess would be a worthy addition
i highly doubt Carlton would want to let her go, especially with the Tayla Harris thing going on
 

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We really need to trade in some qty to add to our core
do we really need to?
It;s a yes if we get a concession pick, on traded for a player, like last year or if Fredericks moves on, other wise i'm inclined to go to the draft predominantly
We've delisted a lot of young players in the past 2 seasons and unless we get a very good 24-25 year old that fills a hole, i don't think it would be worth it
A lot of very good young players in this years draft could fit straight in our best 21 next season
we have 13 players in the 26-34 age group and 13 players in 19-25

wonder if hosking sister Jess would be a worthy addition
i highly doubt Carlton would want to let her go, especially with the Tayla Harris thing going on
Curious where Harris ends up, I expect a club will roll dice and pay her more than blues , maybe not 150 but decent wack. I heard kB was on 100k with us , incl marketing
 

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