The NAB AFL Women's Competition starts tonight at 7.45 with a game between Collingwood and Carlton at Ikon Park, Carlton North. The game is free to go along and watch, so come along!
It's always exciting whenever a new elite-level competition starts - it means that dozens of athletes (over 100 in the case of the AFLW) get the chance to play sport at a brand-new level. I think it's even more exciting when it's a women's competition because it opens up an opportunity for all women and girls, not just those who will compete. As part of the NAB AFL Women's Comp., for example, the AFL has opened up pathways for female players, including a junior girls' Auskick program, and access to some of the interested VFL sponsors at the semi-professional level.
Of course, these elite-level competitions don't just benefit the players and spectators. If the NAB AFL Women's Comp. takes-off like Netball's ANZ Championship did, then we can expect a big injection of cash (thanks to club membership fees, tourism revenue, and government funding) into Victoria, funding social programs that benefit everyone.
Women's sport in Australia doesn't have a long history of success. The NAB Women's Comp. needs to outperform expectations in this first season before it can be guaranteed to last. Luckily, the AFL has made it easy for you to get involved. All games (except 4, later in the season) are completely FREE to attend. Also club membership to AFLW clubs are only $40-$50 (depending on your team), and you have a unique opportunity to become a foundation member, and a part of that club's history forever.
See you all at the game tonight!
Dr Mitch Clark