News Richmond to officially join AFLW in 2020

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I was sort of hoping all the guinea pig clubs could get this thing up and running properly whilst we sat back watching them pissing money against the wall until they got it right, then Just saunter in and take the piss out of the comp.
But I guess we are going to have to go and show them how to do it eventually.
It’s not for me but I wish them luck.
 

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It's so frustrating that these threads constantly devolve into a debate over the merits of women's footy. The debate is over. Women's footy's growth in the last three years alone has led to a massive explosion in the popularity of the sport, the likes of which is close to unmatched in its history.

We have a team now and it's a Richmond team that will soon be an integral part of the fabric of our club.

Get on board or don't, but save yourself the shouting into the wind about how it's not a worthy endeavour, or a waste of money or whatever your objections are.

I look forward to the day we can have a good old BigFooty circlejerk about which player shirks contests too often or how our first round pick is the next Daisy Pearce etc. instead of this crap.


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I don't mind Womens' Footy, and in fact my cousin played for two of the AFLW teams. She could always play better than boys her own age until their teens when they all got big. I am very proud of her.

What I do worry about is the costs in running the Richmond women's team. Naturally it can't break even in its first year unless there is some huge sponsorship deal that I have not heard about. What I want to know is when (and how) do we expect it to break even? And if the answer is 'never', then I am not really happy about subsidising something that does nothing towards helping us win a premiership. We won't always be top of the table and there's only so much money we can spend - year on year - on what is effectively a PR exercise.
 

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I don't mind Womens' Footy, and in fact my cousin played for two of the AFLW teams. She could always play better than boys her own age until their teens when they all got big. I am very proud of her.

What I do worry about is the costs in running the Richmond women's team. Naturally it can't break even in its first year unless there is some huge sponsorship deal that I have not heard about. What I want to know is when (and how) do we expect it to break even? And if the answer is 'never', then I am not really happy about subsidising something that does nothing towards helping us win a premiership. We won't always be top of the table and there's only so much money we can spend - year on year - on what is effectively a PR exercise.
I’m a bit sick of this argument as well. Why does the AFLW side have to break even? Maybe having 100,000 members is because we are better connected with our female fans as a result of our AFLW push. How much does this generate in $$ elsewhere?

Maybe it’s just the right thing to do!

We have a wheelchair team and I’m sure as hell that doesn’t break even and probably never will. Should we pull that plug too?

Sometimes you have to invest to make the club bigger and better.
 

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wait what? when is this happening?

from a selfish perspective that is bloody annoying. not to mention that the club has made an effort to link in with the South East area, and now our train lines won't be stopping at Richmond? (not the clubs fault obviously)
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Three bottlenecks are ******* the pakenham line today:

1) with the current manual signals, a train can only leave platform A when the train ahead of it has left its platform - be it 2km or 5km. the metro will have digital signally, which will mean they can run more trains on the line

2) the level crossings have also limited the number of trains because for road viability they couldnt have the boom gates down any more. the level crossing removal program is already resolving this.

now you've read all this, and are asking "wtf does this have to do with Richmond Station". well, thats 3.

3) the city loop is at capacity. right now four platforms are managing 1) Craigieburn line, 2) Pakenham/Cranbourne line, 3) Frankston line, 4) Sunbury/Melton line, 5) Upfield line, 6) Werribee/Williamstown line, 7) Upfield line, 8) South Morang line, 9) Hurstbridge line, 10) Alamein line, and 11) Glen Waverley line. The math on this sucks. Math means each platform has 2-3 lines running through it, which means further spacing out the branch services beyond that. The metro means two of the largest lines, Pakenham/Cranbourne and Sunbury will have their own "loop" effectively, and it will remove their services from the existing city loop.

For Richmond, its simple, you just jump off at South Yarra or Caulfield, and jump on the Frankston line. FWIW, this isn't a biggie. This happens already every day, with people jumping platforms at Richmond (for example) to switch between loop vs flinders st services.
 

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Today is the day we can start to officially list players who aren't on AFLW lists.

Jess Kennedy, Jacqui Graham and Alice Edmonds would be a fair chance to be signed. Would take a serious look at Kate Dixon too.
 

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Today is the day we can start to officially list players who aren't on AFLW lists.

Jess Kennedy, Jacqui Graham and Alice Edmonds would be a fair chance to be signed. Would take a serious look at Kate Dixon too.
Pretty bang on I reckon, though I wonder if we'll go so early on players who are not standout choices.
 

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I think its an exciting area for the club to be in. The talent is going to be getting better each year (you can see the increase of women playing footy quite clearly out my way). Girls who are drafted are lightyears ahead established players - Chloe Molloy for the Pies killed it in her first year (i think she won their bnf but not 100 per cent sure) and Monique Conti was BoG in the grand final. Issy Huntington for the dogs also went bananas before she did her knee. If we're in it it can only mean good things for the club and I'll watch and barrack for anyone wearing yellow & black. Sure it won't get to AFL level but it's a diffferent game, you can see that they go ridiculously hard for the footy. I prefer it to AFLX by a kilometre and I'd rather watch a tough, contested game of AFLW over Saints v Gold Coast.
 

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I don't know where the women's team will play but it can't be at Punt Road unless they make it fit for spectators.

1. the only food and drink outlets are down the grandstand end.
2. the only decent toilets are inside the grandstand ( don't think the main building is open for this ) , the rest are unhygenic portaloos.
3. if you are down the station end of the ground and want to access points 1 and 2, you need to exit the ground and walk around and re-enter down the other end.
That’s a whole other story
 

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Pretty bang on I reckon, though I wonder if we'll go so early on players who are not standout choices.
Yeah I agree. The players I listed were standouts in our VFLW side so I think they will form part of our AFLW anyway so might as well name them if they are looking at playing next year. I think it will kick start a bit of a buzz around our AFLW team. In saying that, as we've seen, a few players from other AFLW teams have gone back to jobs and so forth so they might be happy to keep playing VFLW. It is still a big sacrifice from girls to play AFLW especially for the older girls with jobs and families.
 

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I think its an exciting area for the club to be in. The talent is going to be getting better each year (you can see the increase of women playing footy quite clearly out my way). Girls who are drafted are lightyears ahead established players - Chloe Molloy for the Pies killed it in her first year (i think she won their bnf but not 100 per cent sure) and Monique Conti was BoG in the grand final. Issy Huntington for the dogs also went bananas before she did her knee. If we're in it it can only mean good things for the club and I'll watch and barrack for anyone wearing yellow & black. Sure it won't get to AFL level but it's a diffferent game, you can see that they go ridiculously hard for the footy. I prefer it to AFLX by a kilometre and I'd rather watch a tough, contested game of AFLW over Saints v Gold Coast.
You make a good point. Not entering until 2020 I think will be a good thing for us with the improved development of girls set to enter the system and we should get better access to these girls than the foundation clubs.
 

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The talent pool is going to even further diluted.
I find AFLW unwatchable in terms of enjoyment although I support the concept 100%.
I realise it will get better in time, but until then I can see better standard of footy at my local reserves comp.
I'd like to see them play on smaller grounds to encourage higher scoring. At the moment you almost get more goals at a soccer match.
To me, there hasn't been enough done in terms of making the scoring higher and making the standard of play more attractive.
Smaller ground dimensions would help enormously.
But I will reiterate, I support the concept fully.
I agree. I think it needs to have smaller teams and smaller grounds to really concentrate the talent. That will bastardise the competition but it already has that vibe with the 16-a-side. It only runs for two months and the 'real' season is arguably VFLW which runs all year with mostly the same players.

AFLW, more than anything else, needs to be in the public eye, and then 10-15 years down the track when the talent base grows, take steps to make it more of a true parallel to the AFL.
 
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