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Opinion: Now or never for AFLW call on international women - part one
Authored by: Harley Vague on Friday, September 22 2017 @ 10:22 AM ACST

Cam, it's quite easy to see the AFL's logic in all of this. The AFL is for the most part interested in acquiring more AFL players. On a cost basis it is much cheaper to run a combine and snatch an athlete from another sport than build a league up to the point where it can produce an AFL player from grassroots.

What's the anwer ? Attacking the AFL add hoc is pointless and actually counter-productive. Until there is a mechanism to voice international football issues in an organized way with the potential to solve problems any energy is dissipated instead of being utilized.

Whilst people are focussed on attacking the AFL many important incidents just aren't reported. I'm the only person who seems to have noticed that the ABC never reported the Swans Vs Essendon final in Sydney. This was a record-breaking game continuing the fairy-tale run and completely embarrassed the NRL's attendance yet is was never reported. Think about that and the implications of football in Sydney. Now we have an ABC article about whether the WAFL "deserves" $10 million from the government. they talk as if it is a handout not compensation for losing a low rent ground like the VFL and Waverley. In gross hypocrisy the ABC promote spending $1.8 on improving empty stadia in Sydney as a good thing. It's widely reported that football aid is very effective yet that remains a political football.

I don't want to tell the AFL how they should run their business but perhaps they could do with some help in some non-core areas.