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Some interesting future news out of New Zealand.
In one of AFLNZ reports on their Womens Game it has been speculated that with the entry of AFL St Kilda into the AFLW could mean a pathway for NZ Youth Girls.
However we think it is likely that St Kilda being a Sponsor of NZ footy could be tapped for assistance with the NZ Womens set up which could include NZ promotions by some of the AFLW players. A key target likely to be included are their NZ High Schools.
 

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Some interesting future news out of New Zealand.
In one of AFLNZ reports on their Womens Game it has been speculated that with the entry of AFL St Kilda into the AFLW could mean a pathway for NZ Youth Girls.
However we think it is likely that St Kilda being a Sponsor of NZ footy could be tapped for assistance with the NZ Womens set up which could include NZ promotions by some of the AFLW players. A key target likely to be included are their NZ High Schools.
Where's this report? I can't find anything on the aflnz website or anywhere else?
 

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I found it by accident just poking around. This stuff should be more prominent on the site, and I do not know why they don`t, because like the AFL Annual Report it covers everything.
Type in search box on the site.
2018 AFL New Zealand Annual Report.
Then click on "No Image" square on left.
 

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This move to play two New Zealand women in the Tassie team is not new but it is a pointer to the future, with hopefully a steady stream of talented NZ Women players making their International debuts, at an Australian Championship level.
What is of most interest is that AFLW scouts will be in attendance for the Champs and lets hope the two players attract some attention, and it would be a huge boost for the Womens game over there over time if they got drafted.
The two players involved likely will be in the NZ Kahus National Womens team which will be in Melbourne for IC2020 for the first time.

http://aflnz.co.nz/blog/2019/05/30/kahu-duo-set-to-swoop-on-aflw-national-champs/

We should add here that the AFLNZ conducted their first Womens National League match this year, which was a milestone after years of hard work to get the player base up to more sustainable numbers.
 

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The 9-a-side Euro Cup is on in Sweden this weekend and I caught up with representatives from all eight women's teams participating.
England - Ireland - Switzerland - Croatia - Wales - France - Sweden - Germany

 

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Found this older article discussing the start up of Womens footy in Bogota Columbia South America.


Another article giving more back ground to Womens footy in Bogota.


The result of the Bogota Bulldogs Womens team v U.S. Denver Bulldogs Womens team match held in mid May in Bogota.
The Denver team included a lady from Germany.
What a great initiative by the Denver Club to send Women and Mens teams down there.


Here again we have newcomers to our game really embracing the inclusiveness of it to anybody interested enough to rock up and have a go.
 

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The 9-a-side Euro Cup is on in Sweden this weekend and I caught up with representatives from all eight women's teams participating.
England - Ireland - Switzerland - Croatia - Wales - France - Sweden - Germany

The Irish team won the comp and showed again their overall strength.
Also with 12 Irish players involved next year in the 2020 AFLW it gives some indication of the successful development in Ireland.
 
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Here we have a change of pace --
The National U18 Womens Champs will resume shortly.
There is a possible good International Footy news story evolving in that New Zealander Killarney Morey may have attracted the attention of AFLW Scouts it seems.
Killarney Morey has been down this road before and is one of several Kiwi women who have played for Tasmania in an attempt to get noticed.
The Womens game in NZ has grown very slowly with several High Schools involved in comps in the NZ summer which means with no winter comps there is a continuity situation. AFLNZ has set up Academies and matches against lower level Vic teams to try to keep the players interested and have commenced a 2 team National Womens League that plays in the Feb/April alongside the Mens League.
We wish her well, and alongside the fact that St Kilda will field a team in the AFLW next year and scuttlebuck says that they may involve in the future Kiwis in their recruiting - Very early days though, but maybe just rumours.

Here is extract from the Champs web page.
Eastern Allies: Defender Georgia Garnett was named NSW/ACT's second-best player in both matches played against Tasmania. Brenna Tarrant is one to look for up forward, coming off a four-goal haul, while Canberra's Olivia O'Donnell has also impressed so far. Of the Tasmanian contingent, the consistent Mia King has shone, while New Zealander Killarney Morey has also impressed.
 

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On this week's show with chatted with AFL NZ CEO Rob Vanstam about women's footy in New Zealand.

 

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AFL England has been working hard to develop Womens footy in recent times.
They have created a Womens League to eventually cover regional England and is seperate to the London Womens comp which pioneered Womens footy in the U.K.
According to the article this comp has expanded this season to 3 teams up from the previous 2.


AFL England is locked in a tussle with the Irish Womens comps to see who sits at the top of Womens footy over there - Ireland currently sits at the top which is being reflected partly in the current recruitment to the AFLW. We say partly because some of the Irish players come from other sports.

AFL England has also set up the Womens Footy Universities comp which has successfully kicked off, and which will over time increase the player base for them. Another positive is the students who do take up our game will eventually move on from Uni and hopefully will assist in spreading the gospel according to Tom Wills.
 
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AFL Asia has been quietly promoting Womens footy in Asia and from a nil base has seen 5 teams established in the last couple of years.
On May 12 this year the Singapore Wombats Club which has 423 members launched their Womens team and had 16 players rock up.
This group will join the other 4 clubs in the 2019 AFL Asia Womens League.
Vietnam Swans Women
Malayasian Warriors Women
Cambodian Apsaras Women
Hong Kong Dragons Women
The teams are a mixture of expats and locals and give depth to the game up there.
 

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Another Governing Body that is slowly developing its Women players is AFLNZ. Auckland has been the main thrust of its development and the creation of the 2 team National Womens League are all positives.
The National Womens team the Kahuas commenced as a youth team in circa 2016 and is now transforming into a Senior team to compete for the first time at next years International Cup in Melbourne.
Recently the NZ Wellington League announced it was going to develop a Womens Development Squad with 30 players.
We noted that a large group of Women Gaelic Footballers fronted up for the first session, and cannot help think is the publicity of the Irish Women entering the AFLW having an effect.

 

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