Seven-game season “insults” AFLW
The Federal Senate has backed a motion calling on the AFL to increase the number of rounds in its women’s competition so each team can play each other once.
Despite introducing two new teams for 2019, North Melbourne and Geelong, the AFLW home and away season contains only seven rounds of football, meaning each side will only face seven of a possible nine opponents before the finals.
Justice Party Senator Derryn Hinch, who moved the motion, told Macquarie Sports Radio no other competition would be allowed to run if each team did not play each other once as a bare minimum.
“If there’s ten teams you need nine rounds. Seven is just wrong. To me it insults the competition,” Senator Hinch told Macquarie Sports Radio‘s Cam Reddin.
Melbourne captain Daisy Pearce, who will miss next season through pregnancy, warned the AFLW could be perceived as a “gimmicky tournament” if it is not extended to match the number of teams.
“To say that you can’t play every team once, it doesn’t mean it is a fair competition,” Hinch said.
Senator Hinch also supported the establishment of a Tasmanian AFL team “a million percent”.
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