The AfL knew that the vast majority of WC players were going to come from us.I think we should have been provided with fair compo. There’s not a lot that we could have got given we draft between us and they have (had) no players to trade, but I think an idea should have been for every player, we swap a draft pick from 1-16.
So instead of them having 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15
and us having
We swap them. They still get 8 of the first 16, but we get to pick first, and then ahead of them through till 16. Then go back to the original draft order - they can have 17 and all the odd numbers, and we get 18, and all the evens.
(I know it’s not specifically those numbers because we slot in with all the other clubs, but effectively that’s what it is for our two clubs).
They really needed to find some way of compensating us for the thievery (same for Brisbane - I still maintain that 8 players from each club is blatantly unfair in the manner it’s decimated these two teams).
Yep, it was never going to be any other way considering that for most players AFLW is semi-pro and they stay within their home state. Most GC players come from Brisbane. Most of the players for the new Melbourne expansion clubs come from other Vic clubs.
as much as I agree with this, it wasn't done to benefit Fremantle FC either. the AFL have allowed West Coast to poach 8 of our players to make them competitive, I'd argue that this wasn't considered when our men's team came into being.Fremantle FC was created for the purpose of diluting the talent of West Coast. Fremantle FC wouldn't exist without that.