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Time for Women's International Rules to be resurrected
Authored by: Brett Northey on Friday, December 01 2017 @ 12:07 am ACDT

Perhaps the European women's teams need to get together and lay down a friendly challenge to Australia, maybe a well produced youtube video suggesting the AFLW doesn't look too shabby but they're not sure how well the Aussies would do travelling to the other side of the world to take on Europe.

It might be if the AFL finally decides what version of reduced numbers they will push (they've tried Recfooty and AFL9s and now it's going to be AFLX) then the challenge could be Europe vs Australia, AFLX-W at Croke Park or somewhere like that. With the big following Gaelic has in Ireland I reckon it would draw a crowd, if the GAA allowed it. By being 8-a-side or whatever the European lack of depth is less exposed. It'd still be very one sided but the challenge would still (arguably) need to be met. It may be that the side would feature they best 2 Irish women (footy), best 3 Gaelic, best 2 GB, best 3 from rest of Europe.

Or maybe it's a North vs South challenge, or North (Hemisphere) vs Australia... are the girls from Down Under afraid to face the North? Then you'd be looking at say the best 2 Gaelic players, best 2 Irish, best 2 GB, best 2 Canada, best 2 USA, there's your squad of 10.

It could be World vs Australia, but maybe seems too broad and might make it harder to bring the team together for some training.

Part of me thinks it'd be a whitewash, 300-0 (we saw how badly the Allies did against Victoria recently). But part of me wonders, fired up for a one off, with some time to train together, shortened field, the best 10 women in the world including a couple of the elite Gaelic players, Croke Park, just maybe the North would put up a solid show, enough to not make it a joke.

Find a sponsor to cover the basic costs then why not try it? I don't think the Aussie women would say no, the internationals wouldn't.

So there's the target, AFLX Women's, the Northern Challenge, aiming for a match end of the coming AFLW season. Dare to get on the plane Aussies?

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN

Time for Women's International Rules to be resurrected
Authored by: Cam Homes on Friday, December 01 2017 @ 12:26 pm ACDT

Why does it have to always be "AUSTRALIA" in this debate about playing a "World" team?

In Rugby and Soccer, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland all play as separate entities, SO why at this stage in developing International Australian Football (AFLW in particular) can't we have each of our states taking on the other countries and "World", "Europe" combinations in these sort of matches and why not keep them all playing Aussie Rules, and not resort to Gaelic or Inter Rules.

OK, Victoria and WA would "flog/thrash" all the teams/nations/combinations we're talking about here, so have them play NSW, Queensland, South Australia, Northern Territory and even a Women's Indigenous/Aboriginal team or an AIM team and I believe there might just be some closer/even contests. (AIM team didn't win a game at Women's IC11)

AND spend the money getting the international teams to Australia and have these matches played as curtain closer's to the AFLW games, not spending it on sending the Aussies to Ireland etc. YOU already HAVE a Crowd here.

Its NOT the International Aussie Footy community that needs convincing that Aussie Rules IS now an internationally played sport, but the Australian AFL Footy community/fans who in the vast majority I believe have absolutely no idea of the extent of how much Aussie rules is being played overseas.

AND DO IT NOW, not wait til the AFLW gets settled/bigger/stronger years down the track and leaves the rest of the world even further behind.

Time for Women's International Rules to be resurrected
Authored by: Harley Vague on Monday, December 04 2017 @ 12:12 pm ACDT

I have always supported the IRS concept because it allows international competition and while it provides self-funded entertainment .it should continue. Importantly it has facilitated much inter-code contact at amateur level. However i'm totally confused by the lack of leverage out of these games. At the last test in Perth there was junior GAA demonstrated at half time, whilst I don't know of a red ball coming out at all in Ireland. Also we had the recent VFA team visiting Ireland yet didn't play AFL. That was left to until London. If IRS is going to continue let's at least attempt to leverage a junior match or an exhibition game out of it in the men.
Women everywhere are providing magnificent opportunities for growth. The AFLW has been a totally magnificent development but it could be even so much better. W.r.t IRS I would see a women's series as potentially a much better promotion and leverage opportunity than the men for a lot of reasons.IMO we should have a women's IRS but only if we attempt to leverage Australian Football growth. Whilst I'm in favour of IRS fpr women I believe some sort Australian Football competition featuring women from around the world be more beneficial in continuing the advancement in women's football. .