- Feb 3, 2004
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
- panthers, ukraine & broncos
There might have been one, but I didn't know there was until I was selected to umpire a state game between SA and VIC back in the 90s. It was not supported or advertised. Most people only found out about it because of word of mouth, if they found out about it at all. If you were a young girl, you were able to play in a mixed team. Then you hit 13 and, sorry, no more opportunities for you to keep playing the sport was what most were told about. The next step up was waiting until you are an adult and there is a 'women's league'. How many clubs actually knew about those and told the kids and parents it was there as an opportunity?Not sure if I have the wrong end of the stick with your comment but there has been a womens footy comp in SA for over 20 years.
Females haven't had to wait their entire lives to play footy.
It certainly has become more popular since the AFLW has started - my local club are demolishing their grandstand/club-rooms next month to build ones that have more change rooms to accommodate the large number of female teams we have.
The advent of AFLW has raised the profile of those leagues. It has brought about change with access for so many who didn't know there was an opportunity and helped in pushing clubs to create teams so that girls don't have to stop at 13 and find another sport to do instead.
There are more female players of Aussie Rules now registered in Queensland than male players. That's the change the AFLW has provided. Pity the AFL won't support it properly.