AFLW Official - Bombers, Hawks, Power, Swans all to enter AFLW from 2022-23 onwards.

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The_Wookie

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The AFL is expected to finally embrace an 18-team AFLW competition for the 2022-23 season when it announces expansion plans at midday on Thursday.
The league has not yet informed those four teams - Essendon, Port Adelaide, Sydney and Hawthorn - that they will be in the competition next year.

But the Herald Sun understands the AFL will make the declaration that every team will have its own women’s side for a 2022-23 competition that will start at the end of next year.

The four teams put in detailed submissions which were assessed by the AFL Commission at its two-day meeting last week.

And while there will be significant concerns about the dilution of talent in coming seasons the reality is the league cannot continue holding out sides like Hawthorn, who have battled for years to gain entry to the AFLW.

 

pazza

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For me, the only big unanswered questions remain around venues, which isn't just in regards to the last 4 clubs but it certainly becomes more of an issue/provides new opportunities with them in the mix.
Essendon would be ready. The amount of money invested to the facilities at Tullamarine virtually ensures that the games will be there until Premier cricket is finished at Windy Hill, which is a finals venue for Premier Cricket every year. Even has lights for night football. Only thing missing is the scoreboard.
 

the Ziebull

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The standard of the comp will drop big time the first season all 4 come in

Surprised they didn’t spread it over 2 years
 

briztoon

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The standard of the comp will drop big time the first season all 4 come in

Surprised they didn’t spread it over 2 years
I expect the standard of the Vic and NSW teams, especially the new teams and most recent additions, to drop for potentially 3 seasons until their draft pools catch up.
 

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Teen Wolf

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Doubt that happens in the future. Much fewer interstate players on our list, and some of the ones we do have, have family here, which is why they nominated us in the first place.
I do too, but my point was more in regards to the Dees part of the equation.

They only lost a very small amount of talent while the number of Vic teams went from 4 to 8 (they did go backwards a little bit in 2019, but that was entirely due to the skipper's absence imo).

Going from 8 to 10 Vic teams should be a walk in the park by comparison, I think quite a few clubs will have a similar experience to that of Melbourne's.

Essendon would be ready. The amount of money invested to the facilities at Tullamarine virtually ensures that the games will be there until Premier cricket is finished at Windy Hill, which is a finals venue for Premier Cricket every year. Even has lights for night football. Only thing missing is the scoreboard.
Well I know Tullamarine has a lot going for it and VFLW games are occasionally played there, but I haven't read anything from Essendon that suggests AFLW games would or wouldn't be played there, even as a short-term solution.

Certainly wasn't mentioned in the original bid, they were talking about Highgate Recreation Reserve back then.
 

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I do too, but my point was more in regards to the Dees part of the equation.

They only lost a very small amount of talent while the number of Vic teams went from 4 to 8 (they did go backwards a little bit in 2019, but that was entirely due to the skipper's absence imo).

Going from 8 to 10 Vic teams should be a walk in the park by comparison, I think quite a few clubs will have a similar experience to that of Melbourne's.


Well I know Tullamarine has a lot going for it and VFLW games are occasionally played there, but I haven't read anything from Essendon that suggests AFLW games would or wouldn't be played there, even as a short-term solution.

Certainly wasn't mentioned in the original bid, they were talking about Highgate Recreation Reserve back then.
I won’t even pretend I know what the expansion rules are, or will be, but it would be very difficult for St Kilda, Geelong or Richmond to lose many or any players at the end of next year.
 

pazza

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Well I know Tullamarine has a lot going for it and VFLW games are occasionally played there, but I haven't read anything from Essendon that suggests AFLW games would or wouldn't be played there, even as a short-term solution.

Certainly wasn't mentioned in the original bid, they were talking about Highgate Recreation Reserve back then.
Cricket will also hit Highgate for much of the season. There's no cricket at Tullamarine.
 

Teen Wolf

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Unless things have changed recently, Craigieburn's turf side play there.
DS Aitken and VI Foster have the turf wickets, if memory serves.

But either way, at one stage Essendon were also saying they would play the first ever AFLW game in a remote indigenous community, so they could be exploring a variety of options.
 

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An upgraded Henson Park has been the obvious option for the Swans' home ground for a while now, but it's good to finally get more of an indication that the wheels are definitely in motion.
Inner West Council last month adopted a new 10-year plan of management for Henson Park, including concept drawings for a refurbished grandstand submitted by the AFL, which is determined to address Sydney’s dire shortage of ovals fit for elite-level football.

The council also provided a letter of support for the Swans’ AFLW bid submission...
 

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I do too, but my point was more in regards to the Dees part of the equation.

They only lost a very small amount of talent while the number of Vic teams went from 4 to 8 (they did go backwards a little bit in 2019, but that was entirely due to the skipper's absence imo).

Going from 8 to 10 Vic teams should be a walk in the park by comparison, I think quite a few clubs will have a similar experience to that of Melbourne's.


Well I know Tullamarine has a lot going for it and VFLW games are occasionally played there, but I haven't read anything from Essendon that suggests AFLW games would or wouldn't be played there, even as a short-term solution.

Certainly wasn't mentioned in the original bid, they were talking about Highgate Recreation Reserve back then.
Brisbane and Fremantle were by far the two hardest hit by expansion at the end of the 2019 season and both bounced back well and quickly, with Freo undefeated and Bris winning premiership in 2021.
What you end up with is loyal players who are their for the right reason abd this has strengthened those teams rather than weaken them.
The same will happen in Victoria as king as the AFL protect the weaker sides from losing too many quality players.
 

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