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SM

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I hate blowouts in the AFLW
I know you're being facetious but it's nice having footy back. The Blues are a classy side, Tigers are a new side in the comp so they'll get better.

If players like Taylor Harris are the precursor to a generation of top quality women players then the comp will become pretty decent. Needs to be a longer season though, all these netballers/others playing for a few weeks is a bit amateurish.
 

jd2010

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I know they don't want too many different rules to men's footy but i really think it would help playing 16v16 on a smaller field. But at the same time these are the early years the quality is only going to get better. You can see that with the quality of the 1st and 2nd year draftees like Prespakis, once her draft year are 6 years into it and there's another 5 draft crops to come through it'll be unrecognisable.
 

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I think the best solution is playing a 16-18 round league starting early Feb and finishing at the end of May with the overlap being covered by having the mens have a regular Thursday slot and the women's dominating Sundays.

A longer season means a more legitimate case for a healthy TV rights deal which means higher pay which means more legitimate professionals (no need for another job they can just focus on skills and fitness).

A longer season also means it's not just a novelty at the start of the year and they'll have AFL as their primary sport not Netball or whatever.

Makes the most sense. Also legitamizes the draw. From what I watched tonight I saw enough to bring me back, but I also appreciate the low scoring and low skills from some players is a turn off for a lot of people.
 

jod23

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Unless the players are only going to sing, “We’re the Eagles, the West Coast Eagles...” part of the song because that is literally the only part they can sing (so a bit like the old song :p) and hire a band every week for the rest of it, what the hell was the club thinking?
It's not even a rousing rendition. It's like soft pop. It's garbage.
 

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Coming from a Freo fan lol.
I like ours but I am under no illusions as to how shit it is. You Victorian team supporters can't quite grasp the fact that most of you have songs just as shit but because they have been sung for decades, you think that they must be good. IMO, the only actually good songs are Richmond and Hawthorn with a special mention to Norf.
 

jd2010

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I think the best solution is playing a 16-18 round league starting early Feb and finishing at the end of May with the overlap being covered by having the mens have a regular Thursday slot and the women's dominating Sundays.

A longer season means a more legitimate case for a healthy TV rights deal which means higher pay which means more legitimate professionals (no need for another job they can just focus on skills and fitness).

A longer season also means it's not just a novelty at the start of the year and they'll have AFL as their primary sport not Netball or whatever.

Makes the most sense. Also legitamizes the draw. From what I watched tonight I saw enough to bring me back, but I also appreciate the low scoring and low skills from some players is a turn off for a lot of people.
Men's curtain raisers through to may too
 

SM

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Men's curtain raisers through to may too
Yep definitely. Line up the home teams and it'd allow supporters to make a day of it.

Now that they're up to 14 teams, an 8 week comp is just way too short.

It also makes a mockery of the Daisy Pierce video they did of her training for pre-season where I reckon her pre-season was longer than the season lasts.
 

glenferry23

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Men's curtain raisers through to may too
I like this idea, however trying to recall the time when the reserves clash would be a curtain raiser to the senior game. Isn’t one of the reasons the AFL ended it was because of the condition of the field after having two matches back to back? Or something like that.
 

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UnitedWarrior93

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I like this idea, however trying to recall the time when the reserves clash would be a curtain raiser to the senior game. Isn’t one of the reasons the AFL ended it was because of the condition of the field after having two matches back to back? Or something like that.
You’d think most grounds these days should be able to hold back to back footy games.
 

SM

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I like this idea, however trying to recall the time when the reserves clash would be a curtain raiser to the senior game. Isn’t one of the reasons the AFL ended it was because of the condition of the field after having two matches back to back? Or something like that.
Swans reserves still regularly play before Swans at scg.
 

RPCB

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I like this idea, however trying to recall the time when the reserves clash would be a curtain raiser to the senior game. Isn’t one of the reasons the AFL ended it was because of the condition of the field after having two matches back to back? Or something like that.
Curtain raisers haven’t gone right away, there were 9 VFL/AFL curtain raisers last year. I would love to see the ladies competition increase the amount of games per year and go with AFLW/AFL curtain raisers for maximum exposure to the ladies competition. That is what the league should be aiming for.
 

Shoei

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Has anyone actually made the arguement "equal score equal pay"?

And the payment part is a little bizarre too. Yeah the organisation (AFL) makes millions of dollars but what does he mean by "the money could be more evenly distributed"? There's not a way to fix a "pay gap" without creating an artificially enforced pay structure.
 

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