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Bold predictions at Women\'s Launch
Authored by: Brett Northey on Tuesday, August 16 2011 @ 01:57 pm ACST

Speaking as someone trying to coordinate and cover a network of volunteers at this International Cup, I'd like to say "noooo!!!!!".  Our desire to help grow the game is coming back to bite us, it's so hard with 23 teams.

Seriously though, with the arrival of 5 women's teams (4 of them international), it's clearly a call to all nations that play footy that do not have a women's program to have a look at home and, whilst acknowledging that everyone is very busy just staying afloat, ask themselves "how can we make sure we've got a program up and running in 2012, and could we aim to get a women's team to the IC in 2014, or at least be really close?".

I know WFN's very own women's writer Tobie has that goal for the UK, and Italy was close this time.  I wonder what other countries are already underway?  South Africa has girls in their FootyWILD program, so that's one possibility.  Do any of the NZ HANZUP programs have girls footy?

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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Bold predictions at Women\\\'s Launch
Authored by: Tobietta Rhyman on Tuesday, August 16 2011 @ 03:37 pm ACST

I spoke to one of the Kiwi team managers about that today- he told me 50% of their juniors are girls. Fantastic!

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Little Pommy Girl
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Bold predictions at Women\\\\\\\'s Launch
Authored by: Brett Northey on Tuesday, August 16 2011 @ 04:17 pm ACST

It'd be quite possible to have women's GB, NZ, SA, Italy and in men's we keep thinking Germany will make the step, plus Croatia were very close, Indonesia, Finland, Netherlands, Spain/Catalonia, Switzerland, Iceland, Italy, probably about 10 men's that would be close.  In Oceania we have Vanuatu, Samoa and Solomons that would be around the mark.

If there's about 4 new women's and 10 men's on the cards, but reasonable to expect that 2 or 3 may not return from IC11 for financial reasons, you can see that at least another 10 teams wouldn't be a crazy estimate.

So perhaps an 8 team women's comp and 26 men's teams (surely not seeding round, just straight to divisions), for 34 altogether.  That would require another oval in action, a whole lot more AFL staff to help coordinate, a further surge in volunteers.  It starts to become a massive event that really deserves significant sponsorship and a big contribution from the host city.

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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