Hiding Women's Football (Redux)
Stories in today's papers focus on AFLW and ignore the W-League. This is the front page on the ABC site, while other stories focus on AFLW players whinging about their right to be referred to as elite athletes over and above the professions that earn them the bulk of their living.
Meanwhile the W-League match from yesterday can be found somewhere in the score centre. The big story here being the continued return of Michelle Heyman who bagged another brace in the Canberra win over Western Sydney.
The media bias against football has been going on for over a century while the fawning over AFLW began on day one all of 5 years ago.
If you want to talk about equity and balance in news reporting this is probably a good place to start. The might and muscle of the AFL rules in this country to the detriment of all other legitimate international sports, its not just football who suffers.
The AFLW was concocted not out of a need for it from the natural growth of the sport from the grassroots up, but from a need to fill the AFL void between the coverage of their draft and the men's pre-season, it is an irrelevance to most in any other time. The players are complaining about their media coverage, let them run alongside the AFL as the W-League does beside the A-League and see how they cope.
To put this into some greater perspective, I am a lover of all sports and have followed AFL footy, the Swans & Hawks specifically for over 50 years, but football is my love & I am committed to it all all levels at which it is played.
If you're up for an argument, lets see what you've got.