Agree 100%.Criticism of womans footy, acrross all levels is a touchy subject.
Everything from the commentary who fail to acknowledge atrocious skill errors, instead rather having a long awkward silence. The camera coverage which doesn't show any replays of fluffed kicks and abysmal shots on goal, something which is highlighted, dissected and joked about by the commentary team in the mens league.
"Herp derp what was going on there in the brain department, what was he thinking, worst shot i've ever seen, nearly missed his boot..." etc etc
I think now, with 4 years of AFLW, it would be better for the game if the womans were less mollycoddled and held accountable to bad skills a little bit more.
Since day 1 the general effort and hardness of AFLW has been good, i don't think even the harshest critic could dismiss how hard the girls go. But the skills will always be a talking point unfortunately. Comparing it to the mens is stupid, obviously, but my criticism stems from comparing our skills to other teams skills.
Right now i'd be happy cleaning out half the players on our list.
Our biggest problem is that we have such a huge range on the quality spectrum. Guns like Swanson and Hooker, players with potential like Cameron, honest role players like Tester who would be better in a good team and players who I won't name who can barely kick the ball properly and who aren't even close to the required fitness. Recruitment will only partially fix this. Time is the most precious commodity and the girls need this.