Local women’s footy on good path

I’M usually a critic of all levels of football – from the Barossa, Light & Gawler competition all the way to the AFL – but the way the BL&G and SANFL have grown women’s football has been  sensational.
About four years ago, there was not even a thought that a national competition could exist, and the AFLW still has a long way to go before it could, and should, be considered an elite competition.
The SANFLW and the BLGW, however, are fitting in perfectly.
The SANFL this past fortnight announced that Woodville-West Torrens and Central District would enter the women’s competition for the first time in 2019, meaning that all eight of the traditional SANFL clubs are involved.
This is the level that needed to be established before the AFLW.
As is the BLGW – the local women’s competition which has been delightful to watch.
Despite it being played on a smaller field, the girls have shown sensational fight and determination each and every Sunday, culminating in the grand final period a month ago.
I watch these girls go at the ball each week like kamikazes and it is so much more entertaining to watch than the AFLW is.
Because these girls understand rivalries, they understand the immense desire to win, rather than it being ‘good for the game’.
The AFLW competition is great for the future, but it doesn’t help if everyone cares more about developing the game as a whole, rather than the romance behind it.
All sport needs its rivalries, all sports fans need to hate, they need to love, and they need to appreciate.
Watching the AFLW, I don’t get that vibe from any player – they’re more interested in developing the game.
However, watching the BLGW, you see the Willaston girls want to attack the South Gawler and Gawler Central girls hard, just the same as the Angaston ladies want to stick it to the Nuriootpa and Tanunda sides.
I congratulate all those who have helped bring the BLGW and the SANFLW to the level it currently is, and I can’t wait to see a large portion of our stars strutting their stuff at AFLW level, and bringing that ferocity to the table.

Jack Hudson


Growing up in Gawler, Jack has taken on a variety of journalistic roles while still studying for his Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing degree. He began his career at The Bunyip as a weekend football writer, before taking on roles with The Footy Budget and The Cricket Chronicle and then earning his first part-time gig at the Barossa Herald. Now returning to The Bunyip, Jack also has a keen interest in footy and soccer, as well as a passion for gaming and reading.

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