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AFLM name change debate shows again how men are considered ‘the norm’ | Kate Seear

Language matters and the message given about the value placed on both women and women’s sport is that we are lesser“How long until AFL headquarters formally commits to renaming the men’s competition AFLM?” This was the question I put to Nicole Livingst…

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AFLM name change debate shows again how men are considered ‘the norm’ | Kate Seear

Language matters and the message given about the value placed on both women and women’s sport is that we are lesser“How long until AFL headquarters formally commits to renaming the men’s competition AFLM?” This was the question I put to Nicole Livingst…

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AFLW 2020 kicks off with more than just football of importance | Kirby Fenwick

Opening-round results were forgettable for the expansion clubs but there was a significance that went beyond the final scoreWith four new teams entering the AFLW competition this year, inevitably the opening round focus would be on how they fared. The …

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AFLW returns with a host of conversations that are not going away soon | Kirby Fenwick

Between the number of games, the conference system, umpiring, the CBA and demands on players, there are talking points aplentyThe beginning of the 2020 AFLW season is finally within reach. The familiar smells of freshly cut grass, hot chips and linimen…

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How does the Matildas’ pay deal stack up against the rest? | Megan Maurice

The new collective bargaining agreement provides something approaching pay parity, but is it in line with other sports in Australia?Last week’s announcement of the new Matildas pay deal was a landmark for football in Australia. The new collective barga…

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‘No one has ever asked me that’: breast injuries in contact sport go unreported | Clare Watson

The topic is still something of a taboo in elite sport and women are playing on through the painThe popularity of women’s rugby and Australian rules football has soared in Australia in recent years. But new research suggests the management of breast in…

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Gabby Newton taken at pick No.1 in AFLW draft that had it all | Kirby Fenwick

With team lists all but finalised after Tuesday’s AFLW draft, it’s now up to the AFL to match the passion and commitment that drives the competitionAn abundance of fresh-faced talent and a plenty of familiar names. Unbroken pathways realised and dreams…

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Tayla Harris has been immortalised in bronze. It is a win for women’s sport | Kasey Symons

The statue unveiled in Melbourne’s Federation Square is not necessarily about the AFLW player; it serves a far wider purposeOn International Women’s Day earlier this year, Federation Square in Melbourne was graced with the presence of a reproduction of…

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Tayla Harris photo nominated for inaugural women’s sport award

Picture went viral following online trollingWSA to announce winners on 30 MayA photograph of AFLW star Tayla Harris has been named a finalist for a new women’s sports photo award. The stunning shot of Harris in full flight is one of 15 photos in conten…

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Tigers snap up Katie Brennan after AFLW star leaves Bulldogs

Richmond-bound Brennan ‘needs a fresh start’Sabrina Frederick-Traub also moving to VictoriaAFLW premiership-winning captain Katie Brennan is expansion club Richmond’s inaugural signing, on a two-year deal. One of the competition’s original marquees for…

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Forget the trolls, social media also builds inclusion through and for women’s sport | Megan Maurice

So often seen as a mechanism for abuse, social media can also foster a sense of belongingAs highlighted recently by the Tayla Harris furore, when women’s sport and social media are talked about together, it’s usually due to trolling and online abuse. B…

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‘Cowardly grubs’: Scott Morrison condemns sexist remarks about Tayla Harris

PM says trolls targeting the Carlton AFL Women’s player ‘need to wake up to themselves’The Australian prime minister has weighed in to the controversy around sexist comments posted online about an image of the Australian rules footballer Tayla Harris, …

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Tayla Harris hits out at social media ‘animals’ for ‘sexual abuse’ of AFLW star’s photo – video

The AFLW star Tayla Harris has said she has been ‘sexually abused on social media’ and wants action taken against those who vilified her. Harris told RSN radio in Australia she was repulsed by some online comments regarding a picture of …

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Photo of AFLW player Tayla Harris is not the problem, the vile trolls are | Kasey Symons

The image showcased all that is good about the women’s game; by deleting it, 7AFL sent out entirely the wrong messageAt the 1:20-minute mark of the AFLW’s Pride Game between the Western Bulldogs and Carlton, the Blues’ star forward, Tayla Harris, boote…

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The stories we tell matter: the history of women’s sport must not be overlooked | Kirby Fenwick

Sporting organisations have a responsibility to celebrate their rich back stories which are all too often airbrushed outIn April 1874, on a cricket ground in Bendigo, 22 women took to the field to play in the earliest recorded game of women’s cricket. …

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Lighting failure and heat stress lay bare AFLW resourcing

A year since lights failure first blighted AFLW the lack of progress surround player welfare hints at wider resourcing issues On Saturday night at Ikon Park, as Carlton and Collingwood battled it out on the field, AFLW fans could have been forgiven for…

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Just like the men’s game, one moment on the field doesn’t define a career or the whole AFLW

It’s unfair to read greater meaning into an off day by Tayla Harris when mistakes have always been part of the sport’s long historyWins to Brisbane, Adelaide, North Melbourne and Geelong in round four of the AFLW should have plenty of footy fans talkin…

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Uneven AFLW conferences already undermining fairness of competition | Kasey Symons

The pre-season justification of the AFLW conference system was ‘fairness’ but after only three rounds it’s already a mismatch Flag favourites North Melbourne and the surprise packet of the season Fremantle are the only sides to remain undefeated at the…

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Nina Morrison leads new wave as AFLW gets off to rip-roaring start | Kirby Fenwick

Season three got underway with a series of nail-biters as young players provided the most exciting plot lineFour games decided by less than a kick. Classy goals and seemingly impossible marks made possible. New faces and familiar ones, too. There was p…

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North Melbourne pack a punch heading into competitive third AFLW season | Kasey Symons

Expansion club North Melbourne have recruited strongly and sit among the flag contendersThe 2019 AFLW season begins this weekend with a move away from the traditional Friday night opener in Melbourne. The start to the competition’s latest iteration wil…