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royboy42
16th October 2016, 09:28 AM
Have I missed a statement from the Swans re the new AFL Womens' competition?

Several teams haven't entered the comp, including us.

Was it an economic decision, or a timing decision?

I'd love to know cos the comp looks as if it's going to take off like a rocket.

YvonneH
16th October 2016, 09:38 AM
Why would you play for the miserly $5,000 they are offering to non marquee players? This is a disgrace. I understand why the ladies want to play but surely the AFL should be embarrassed by the money side of things.

aardvark
16th October 2016, 09:44 AM
Lack of facilities was the reason given for not being involved at this stage.

aardvark
16th October 2016, 09:51 AM
At the time the pay rates were set none of the clubs involved had interested sponsors and there was no competition sponsor. There was also no guarantee of TV coverage. It is also only a seven game season. Since then NAB have come on board and most games will be televised. The competition needs to pay it's way. All indications are that it will be very successful so I'd imagine the pay rates will improve considerably in future seasons.

Meg
16th October 2016, 11:17 AM
I'm very interested in the women's comp. but without a Swans' team it's a dilemma to decide who to support. I'm reluctant to follow GWS after the behaviour of their men's team - although that is probably unfair on the women.

Anybody else chosen their women's team?

aardvark
16th October 2016, 01:18 PM
Anybody else chosen their women's team?

I'm thinking I might have to support Brisbane. Tayla Harris is very watchable.

Meg
16th October 2016, 05:00 PM
I'm thinking I might have to support Brisbane. Tayla Harris is very watchable.

Indeed, that young woman is AMAZING!

Beerman
17th October 2016, 07:48 AM
I'll probably stay neutral and just enjoy the games. (I don't watch a lot of footy apart from the Swans though).

It's very relaxing to be neutral.

Meg
17th October 2016, 08:28 AM
I'll probably stay neutral and just enjoy the games. (I don't watch a lot of footy apart from the Swans though).

It's very relaxing to be neutral.

That's a very good point. I find that watching non-Swans matches on TV and the occasional non-Swans live match that I've attended.

saviour01
17th October 2016, 09:55 AM
Why would you play for the miserly $5,000 they are offering to non marquee players? This is a disgrace. I understand why the ladies want to play but surely the AFL should be embarrassed by the money side of things.

Why do people play park footy? What do the women in prems get paid? 5k for 7 games is decent.

cheersquadsteve
18th October 2016, 10:07 AM
Have I missed a statement from the Swans re the new AFL Womens' competition?

Several teams haven't entered the comp, including us.

Was it an economic decision, or a timing decision?

I'd love to know cos the comp looks as if it's going to take off like a rocket.
If 86

Why do people play park footy? What do the women in prems get paid? 5k for 7 games is decent.


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dimelb
18th October 2016, 12:53 PM
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This is too deeply mysterious for me.

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cheersquadsteve
18th October 2016, 12:57 PM
Ah the phantom pocket post!!
Mystery solved

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monopoly19
24th October 2016, 08:12 PM
I'm very interested in the women's comp. but without a Swans' team it's a dilemma to decide who to support. I'm reluctant to follow GWS after the behaviour of their men's team - although that is probably unfair on the women.

Anybody else chosen their women's team?

I am jumping on board the GWS women's bandwagon as I want to support the local Sydney players who were drafted. I feel like women's footy in NSW is a fair way behind some of the other States, but hopefully this kicks things up a notch.

ShortHalfHead
26th October 2016, 09:24 AM
I'm very interested in the women's comp. but without a Swans' team it's a dilemma to decide who to support. I'm reluctant to follow GWS after the behaviour of their men's team - although that is probably unfair on the women.

Anybody else chosen their women's team?

Most of the local players would probably be Swans supporters, with the players actually playing for Swans aligned team. I imagine that if the Swans had fielded a team, they would have drafted the players that have been selected by the Giants. I agree the 5k isn't a huge amount of money but convinced that these players would have played for nothing, just the honour of playing at the highest level. Even when the state side travelled to Adelaide during the year, they had to put their hands in their pockets which was wrong. I'm sure that the ratings will be OK when the comp starts, as it will be the only footy being played in those months (Feb-March). I'm certainly looking forward to see how it pans out, and think the changes (Smaller ball, 16 aside etc) will benefit the spectacle of it.

bloodspirit
20th February 2021, 07:32 AM
Tomorrow the first ever girls teams representing the Swans are going to play the Giants at Tom Wills oval from about midday. First U17s then U19s.

bloodspirit
20th February 2021, 10:38 AM
Academy: Girls raring to make red and white history (https://www.sydneyswans.com.au/news/864319/academy-girls-raring-to-make-red-and-white-history)

Here's an article. The matches will be live streamed. Check Swans (or Giants) sites for the link.

- - - Updated - - -

Academy: Girls raring to make red and white history (https://www.sydneyswans.com.au/news/864319/academy-girls-raring-to-make-red-and-white-history)

Here's an article. The matches will be live streamed. Check Swans and Giants websites for the link.

bloodspirit
22nd February 2021, 09:36 AM
So, yesterday the U17 & U19 girls teams played their first ever inter-club matches, against the Giants at Tom Wills Oval, Homebush (the Giants equivalent of Lakeside/Tramway)! I was able to be there for part of the U17s match. It was nice just to get a taste of the atmosphere. The spectators were mostly just parents as best I could tell.

The first thing that struck me was that it was weird that the Swans were wearing blue and the Giants were wearing charcoal.

I only chatted to a couple of people in the crowd and they were both parents of girls playing in the match - one from the Giants and one from the Swans. The Giants' dad's daughter was a strong onballer. He reckoned she was a bit off her game and he said that the Swans girls seemed to have really come to play. He hadn't realised it was our first ever inter-club match. The Swans' mum talked about how excited the girls were to be playing in their first match and they were really wound up. #37 for the Swans caught my eye (I don't know any of their names) and #1 was small but very plucky - I saw her get smashed in a tackle and bounce straight back up, and she was taking the game on ball in hand a couple of minutes later.

I noticed the Swans staff were up for it too. Jared Crouch was the runner for the team and he barely came off the ground at all during the time I was watching. Conversely I didn't sight a runner for the Giants. Another sneaky advantage I noticed the Swans grabbing was that the girls were interchanging frequently and they didn't wait for the player coming off to cross the boundary (whereas the Giants did). I don't think that should be allowed but we were getting away with it. We were ruthless!

Anyway, I couldn't stay long enough to see the results but it seems the Swans won both matches: Swans girls celebrate historic victories (sydneyswans.com.au) (https://www.sydneyswans.com.au/news/865992/swans-girls-celebrate-historic-victories). I would have loved to see the singing of the song. I left early and I didn't scan the crowd much, but the only people I recognised were Jared Crouch and Nick Davis.

Incidentally, on the topic of our song, we are going to have to tweak the words - it's not right for girls and women to have sing "while her loyal sons are marching onwards to victory". The Bulldogs had to address this same issue and they have done it by having two versions of the song, one for boys and one for girls: Club Song | Western Bulldogs (https://www.westernbulldogs.com.au/fans/club-song). I think the best would be to come up with a gender-neutral term that all players would sing. My suggestion: "while her loyal bloods are marching onwards to victory". I haven't thought about it much and someone else may well be able to come up with a better suggestion.

There is also an article about the Swans girls by Brandon Jack (part of a series he's doing on the Academy) and it (obliquely) previews the game: Fast learners at the QBE Sydney Swans Academy (https://www.sydneyswans.com.au/news/865155/fast-learners-at-the-qbe-sydney-swans-academy). Hopefully there'll be a follow up one reporting on the actual day.

bloodspirit
22nd February 2021, 01:45 PM
AFLW keeps getting better as young guns, veterans impressing at 2021 mid-season mark - ABC News (https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-22/aflw-high-standard-makes-case-for-gender-equality/13177206)

aardvark
22nd February 2021, 11:44 PM
Thanks BS. I am a huge AFLW fan and can't wait until we have our own team to support. It brought a tear to my old eye to hear the youngsters sing the song with such passion after good wins against the Giants. Bring it on!

bloodspirit
23rd February 2021, 12:46 PM
Thanks BS. I am a huge AFLW fan and can't wait until we have our own team to support. It brought a tear to my old eye to hear the youngsters sing the song with such passion after good wins against the Giants. Bring it on!

Great to have another poster here, aardvark! Did you make it to the games on Sunday?

I confess I don't watch much AFLW - but that is only because there is no Swans team. It really makes a massive difference to me to be more invested in the game - same goes for AFLM. I can't wait to start barracking for our own AFLW team. The bits and pieces of AFLW I do catch suggest it is going from strength to strength. I really enjoyed watching the girls the other day and would love to see more.

aardvark
23rd February 2021, 05:32 PM
Great to have another poster here, aardvark! Did you make it to the games on Sunday?

I confess I don't watch much AFLW - but that is only because there is no Swans team. It really makes a massive difference to me to be more invested in the game - same goes for AFLM. I can't wait to start barracking for our own AFLW team. The bits and pieces of AFLW I do catch suggest it is going from strength to strength. I really enjoyed watching the girls the other day and would love to see more.

I live south of Melbourne so I didn't see the games live but i'm working my way through the replays. I have adopted Freo as my AFLW team as Kiara Bowers and Gemma Houghton are just amazing to watch. Hope we get a team soon.

bloodspirit
2nd March 2021, 07:14 PM
From the comments Tom Harley dropped during the first period of the men's Swans-GWS practice match, I get the impression the club is still targeting a 2023 entry to the AFLW.

bloodspirit
13th May 2021, 01:01 PM
AFLW expansion: Four new clubs, no more AFL overlap (womens.afl) (https://womens.afl/news/72203) Woohoo! We may get an AFLW team from end of next year. :)

Problem remains about how we will achieve this in terms of facilities. I'm pretty sure the club will still want to get the Royal Hall of Industries happening. Maybe we will be able to lean on the AFL to bankroll it a bit more since they will want us to have an AFLW team? We also need some support from NSW government. Otherwise, we're gonna have to get creative.

aardvark
13th May 2021, 05:01 PM
About time! Really looking forward to the Swannie girls taking the field.

bloodspirit
4th February 2022, 07:46 AM
Important steps: Three big milestones for Sydney Swans AFLW (https://www.sydneyswans.com.au/news/1054917/three-big-milestones-for-sydney-swans-aflw). Exciting times!

Mel_C
5th February 2022, 06:59 PM
I like how Gowans has experience coaching a new side with North. And I like how he wants to be a mentor and shows importance in leaving a legacy.

bloodspirit
9th February 2022, 12:54 PM
More excitement: Swans AFLW ready and open for business (sydneyswans.com.au) (https://www.sydneyswans.com.au/news/1056805/swans-aflw-ready-and-open-for-business).

Swans set for AFLW Summer Series Action (sydneyswans.com.au) (https://www.sydneyswans.com.au/news/1056526/swans-set-for-aflw-summer-series-action)

Mel_C
12th February 2022, 07:11 PM
I was watching some of the Geelong v Gold Coast game last night and I was impressed with Charlie Rowbottom. She loves going in and getting the ball. I hope we are keeping an eye on her.

bloodspirit
15th March 2022, 11:56 AM
The exciting developments continue:

* we signed our first player - It’s game on: Sydney Swans sign first AFLW player (https://www.sydneyswans.com.au/news/1077526/it-s-game-on-sydney-swans-sign-first-aflw-player). Also, here's a great article analysing who else we might target: The Alex Docherty Column – Who Do Port Adelaide And Sydney Target In The AFLW Expansion? - The Mongrel Punt (https://themongrelpunt.com/aflw/2022/03/10/the-alex-docherty-column-who-do-port-adelaide-and-sydney-target-in-the-aflw-expansion/).

* the AFL are talking about starting the next season potentially as soon as this August!: 'They're ready to go': New AFLW clubs approve of August season start (https://www.womens.afl/news/90826/?_ga=2.204350288.1164361895.1647256367-1827019883.1624232214). :)

bloodspirit
27th April 2022, 01:30 PM
More signings: Seventh heaven for Swans squad - Aussie Rules Rookie Me Central (https://central.rookieme.com/afl/2022/03/22/seventh-heaven-for-swans-squad/).

bloodspirit
27th April 2022, 06:35 PM
And another 3: Swans make trio of AFLW signings (sydneyswans.com.au) (https://www.sydneyswans.com.au/news/1102279/swans-make-trio-of-aflw-signings). Is that 11 in total? I'm not sure but it seems that only one of those signed so far (Privitelli) will have played AFLW before. Still a lot more to be signed/traded/drafted and I'm sure some of them will be more high profile and proven quality. I think list sizes are 30 in total - so another 19 to come.

bloodspirit
10th May 2022, 05:18 PM
It was encouraging to see James Rowbottom's mum, Peta Rowbottom, speak so positively about our club and culture: Mother's Day special: Rowbottom and McInerney (sydneyswans.com.au) (https://www.sydneyswans.com.au/video/1120756/mother-s-day-special-rowbottom-and-mcinerney?videoId=1120756&modal=true&type=video&publishFrom=1651906457001). Is there hope we could lure JR's sister, Charlie, here too? Charlie Rowbottom | AFL (goldcoastfc.com.au) (https://www.goldcoastfc.com.au/players/aflw/3598/charlie-rowbottom)

bloodspirit
13th May 2022, 01:22 PM
Latest additions to our nascent squad: Two more Swans for Sydney’s inaugural AFLW team (sydneyswans.com.au) (https://www.sydneyswans.com.au/news/1123252/two-more-swans-for-sydney-s-inaugural-aflw-team).

bloodspirit
26th May 2022, 05:19 PM
How Ruby Sargent-Wilson became the Sydney Swans’ first ever AFLW signing (https://www.theinnersanctum.com.au/ruby-sargent-wilson-sydney-swans-first-aflw-signing/)