News Richmond to officially join AFLW in 2020

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Agreed that it is a poor standard initially...
But they are coming from a long ways back compared to the men an boys...
With the right amount of media exposure, money, sponsorship, support it will grow in quality not to men's standard but enough to provide entertainment...like the women's golf/tennis/netball....
Their are a lot of fathers out there that have daughters and would like to see them excell...
It's a changing world/dynamic whether we like it or not...
Personally I follow the colours...
Additionally, identifying elite talent at a junior age and exposing these girls to AFL standard training methods and diet etc is making a world of difference to the talent entering the system. It's a gradual process though. Much like when the AFL introduced TAC U18.
 

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Additionally, identifying elite talent at a junior age and exposing these girls to AFL standard training methods and diet etc is making a world of difference to the talent entering the system. It's a gradual process though. Much like when the AFL introduced TAC U18.
Women/girls don't go to sleep and wake up ready to perform AFL footballers...
Takes time, resources and development to get anywhere near a reasonable standard of athleticism...
Niave to say the least if you look at an ordinary woman on the street and assume that's the level of athleticism they are going to reach...
They are not providing entertainment comparable to a men's standard, they are playing for themselves and good luck to them!
 

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Are you saying that the AFL has screwed up a potentially great competition by being arrogant F*%^wits with their heads stuck up a dark moist place? A 4 week comp isn't a genuine comp. Idiots that accidentally created a huge success and don't know what to do with it.
the afl had to start somewhere and it will be shit for a fair while. of course the afl have stalled the engine because they are incompetent, that was to be expected. it will come good but RFC has no need to prop up or invest in it until it is actually the elite level, which it isn’t

Additionally, identifying elite talent at a junior age and exposing these girls to AFL standard training methods and diet etc is making a world of difference to the talent entering the system. It's a gradual process though. Much like when the AFL introduced TAC U18.
that’s right, and our vflw players get that exposure to afl training plus a proper season. no need for aflw right now unless you want to pour richmond’s money down the drain
 

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Where are we going to play our home matches?
The first couple of matches, even if we don't do well, will certainly past the 6,000 OHS capacity at Punt Road Oval. (We got about 11K at the Grand Final training session put probably not the most safe to do that for a whole match).
 

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We have our strongest AFL team in roughly four decades.
We probably have another 5 or more years to create a dynasty of success.
The club should not divert or allocate resources to AFLW at this crucial time.
If RFC receives extra AFL funding for AFLW development, that is fine and should be kept separate.
No one that I know of watches AFLW.
Women enjoy playing community football, that is great, that is a separate matter.
 
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We have our strongest AFL team in roughly four decades.
We probably have another 5 or more years to create a dynasty of success.
The club should not divert or allocate resources to AFLW at this crucial time.
If RFC receives extra AFL funding for AFLW development, that is fine and should be kept separate.
No one that I know of watches AFLW.
Women enjoy playing community football, that is great, that is a separate matter.
I can see why you might think like that but I don't think it will detract from the mens. It's going to be another tick for us. A bit like Google snapping up the likes of YouTube. Whilst we are humming along nicely, record membership and profit we may as well expand into other areas such as Sports Complexes and wAFL. It'll all work out for us (the biggest club in the AFL)
 

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They need to change the format. It’s unacceptable to have such low scoring games.

That aside it’s a good idea to have a comp for women who love and want to play the game. It’s early days for FFS.
Plus the afl needs to make up its mind whether it wants to have a woman’s Comp or not. Can’t go half arsed into starting a pro comp
 

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Not a fan of AFLW so wont be watching but for those that want a team they now have one.

I hope this part of the business is self sustainable and doesnt leach money from the AFL team. That's my only concern.
 

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#38
We have our strongest AFL team in roughly four decades.
We probably have another 5 or more years to create a dynasty of success.
The club should not divert or allocate resources to AFLW at this crucial time.
If RFC receives extra AFL funding for AFLW development, that is fine and should be kept separate.
No one that I know of watches AFLW.
Women enjoy playing community football, that is great, that is a separate matter.
In case you haven't noticed, the board of directors are swimming in money at the moment. Plus the AFL will probably pay the players' wages for us, and AFLW could potentially be a major income source for us down the track. If you don't care about the results of the women's team, think of it as being similar to our aligned leisure set up - at the moment that's resources being directed away from the AFL team too.
 

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We have our strongest AFL team in roughly four decades.
We probably have another 5 or more years to create a dynasty of success.
The club should not divert or allocate resources to AFLW at this crucial time.
If RFC receives extra AFL funding for AFLW development, that is fine and should be kept separate.
No one that I know of watches AFLW.
Women enjoy playing community football, that is great, that is a separate matter.
I see the opposite. It costs us peanuts and builds for the future. The extra cost is small, and the AFL is shelling in $ (whilst completely mismanaging the whole competition). It helps to create a bigger fan base in the lin term. And increases our chances of winning a premiership. :p

Of course my main team will be the men's. So what?? I love footy and the RFC, and I adore strong competent women. AFLW ticks all my boxes. (Just got to get the wife to care about footy :()
 

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We have our strongest AFL team in roughly four decades.
We probably have another 5 or more years to create a dynasty of success.
The club should not divert or allocate resources to AFLW at this crucial time.
If RFC receives extra AFL funding for AFLW development, that is fine and should be kept separate.
No one that I know of watches AFLW.
Women enjoy playing community football, that is great, that is a separate matter.
That's just a very narrow view IMO.
 

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I would say just put the AFLW team on hold.
It is overkill with the Houli academy opening soon too, alongside the indigenous academy, all in 12 months.
Nothing wrong with playing AFLW at a suburban oval with separate facilities.
No one I knows watches AFLW, women included.
Women can enjoy playing footy but it should not be associated with the Richmond team, it is only my opinion.
 
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Personally, I agree with the AFL administration.
They shortened the AFLW competition to seven rounds, starting in early February and ending in mid-March, and it does not clash with the AFL season.
 

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We have our strongest AFL team in roughly four decades.
We probably have another 5 or more years to create a dynasty of success.
The club should not divert or allocate resources to AFLW at this crucial time.
If RFC receives extra AFL funding for AFLW development, that is fine and should be kept separate.
No one that I know of watches AFLW.
Women enjoy playing community football, that is great, that is a separate matter.
You should have a look at how little the people involved in AFLW get paid (rightly or wrongly). I think your way of thinking is similar to that of "we should forget about media and focus on the game" in that it has no real basis and does not correlate with results.

In fact, I'd say it's the perfect time to get in and shore up a generation of young female fans, and when we have cash to invest we should do so.

I will watch every Richmond AFLW game and I think you will be surprised at how it successful it will be at engaging our fans.
 
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im happy we have a team. first and foremst.

i get the concerns about AFLW skills, format etc etc. And i generally agree. Its difficult to be engaged with.

Hopefully things change and evolve for the better.
 
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I would say just put the AFLW team on hold.
It is overkill with the Houli academy opening soon too, alongside the indigenous academy, all in 12 months.
Nothing wrong with playing AFLW at a suburban oval with separate facilities.
No one I knows watches AFLW, women included.
Women can enjoy playing footy but it should not be associated with the Richmond team, it is only my opinion.
It's not like this is all just happening overnight

There has been years of planning and work put into it so it's not going to clash or overload the club at all.

I think it's great we can have an official womens team linked to the club.
 

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I don't want to carry on but the other issue is potential degradation of the training surface at PRO due to overuse.
Carlton has an AFLW team and Ikon Park is used as an AFLW venue.
Carlton should look into the condition of the Ikon Park surface, given a number of key players have suffered major injuries at pre-season training.
We want the very best training surface and conditions at PRO for our AFL team.
I've said all along the women's team can train at suburban facilities.
 
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I don't want to carry on but the other issue is potential degradation of the training surface at PRO due to overuse.
Carlton has an AFLW team and Ikon Park is used as an AFLW venue.
Carlton should look into the condition of the Ikon Park surface, given a number of key players have suffered major injuries at pre-season training.
Or, Carlton's strength, conditioning and injury management personell are just as shit as their recruitment staff.
 
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