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I am legitimately impressed with how many players the AFL (Australian Rules) has around the world, but it will always struggle on the International stage because the Worlds best players don’t play for their country and until they find a way to change this I don’t think it can be considered ‘Test Football’
As far as League is concerned I think that when the best players in the World are fighting it out for their National sides it’s a test? When it’s more at the amateur level- like Greece and Turkey on the Weekend, I’d consider that an Exhibition/Soft Cap scenario, but as I said before it’s a vague and almost undefinable scenario.

NRLW has learnt from AFLW's disrespect

What is so wrong with learning from others mistakes?

NRLW has learnt from AFLW's disrespect

All she is saying is that the NRL should try and learn from the mistakes that the AFLW has made, you are making out that Mary is on a crusade against the AFL when she is actually a fan.
RL is a long way behind AFL In this space and therefore have the luxury to have a bit of foresight.
And the fact that the players feel under represented by their association shows that the NRL need to be vigilant in player consultations, which like Mary said if you ask the players, so far many of them feel listened to.

NRLW has learnt from AFLW's disrespect

I agree that it is a hard term to define and somewhat over used, especially in League and I guess that’s why they have soft caps.
Do you think that the Jillaroos vs the Kiwi Ferns is a legitimate Test?

NRLW has learnt from AFLW's disrespect

Mike, 1.6 million people watched the Origin, that’s pretty awesome and pretty harsh to disregard it so quickly.
And are you honestly saying that the Jillaroos don’t play test footy?
Why would you say that? watch a game against NZ and discount their passion.
AFLW crowds and participation are excellent and should be commended and I don’t see anyone criticising them but you just basically dismissed test footy cause you don’t like the code.

NRLW has learnt from AFLW's disrespect

You have to start somewhere Petra, Turkey and Greece are very much at the Grassroots phase but growth is growth, do you not grow tired of being negative?

NRLW has learnt from AFLW's disrespect

Well clearly, 1.6 million people watched the Origin.
But the next World Cup will still be a big deal for Women’s Rugby League.

NRLW has learnt from AFLW's disrespect

You do know the next World Cup has £25 million In Government funding right?

NRLW has learnt from AFLW's disrespect

Sorry, you are correct it’s an opinion.
But surely there aren’t people out there that believe Women’s Australian Rules has a better International element than Women’s Rugby League, surely?

NRLW has learnt from AFLW's disrespect

But League has strong competition in PNG and NZ, I’m not criticising the AFLW. I don’t see what your point is?

NRLW has learnt from AFLW's disrespect

Plus also The grassroots International games in multiple countries, like Greece Vs Turkey last weekend.

NRLW has learnt from AFLW's disrespect

True I’m sure that the International element in the AFLW is great.
But playing for the Jillaroos is a big deal Mike, same with the Orchids, Kiwi Ferns and England.
International Women’s League is at the fledgling stage but it is more prestigious than AFL, I’m sorry this is just a fact, just look at how all the Women strive for Jillaroos and Ferns jerseys from the NRLW

NRLW has learnt from AFLW's disrespect

League has an International element though, so can develop players in other countries, which is awesome.

NRLW has learnt from AFLW's disrespect

Your choice of words could have been better in my opinion, you seem personally slighted because someone disagreed with your view on the AFLW (it’s not just Mary, the Women of The Outer Sanctum have expressed similar concerns also) But once again the article is mostly on the NRLW, a great competition that is growing slowly but had great potential, particularly on the back of the millions of Origin viewers and an international pathway.
So take your Sherrin shaped glasses off and enjoy a great article about an awesome weekend of footy.

NRLW has learnt from AFLW's disrespect

You have also said some pretty strong language about the article, like pathetic l.

NRLW has learnt from AFLW's disrespect

Yeah I think you are drilling down on just one point in an article which is about the NRLW and its improved standard and growth strategy.
Mary works hard in promoting all women’s sports, including the AFL in Sydney.

NRLW has learnt from AFLW's disrespect

Well said CT, they’re very solid ratings.

NRLW has learnt from AFLW's disrespect

I think you are using your dislike of the NRL to discredit what is a pretty good article that is predominantly about Women’s Rugby League.

NRLW has learnt from AFLW's disrespect

I’m not sure the use of the word disrespect is a bridge too far Mike?
With Prue Gilbert resigning from the women’s football advisory group, and players stating that the they are feeling disenchanted at times I think it’s harsh for you to say that the Author has used hyperbole, if the payers are so exasperated is it really an exaggerated to infer they are being disrespected?
The general theme of the article is about how the standard of the NRLW has improved in one year and if and when it grows the code can possibly learn from the very few mistakes that the AFLW has made.
Yes the NRLW is a lot smaller than the AFLW but some of the challenges are similar, especially around growth and player work load, the top NRLW players play amateur, professional, state and Internationals so the workload is far bigger than the exhibition tournament that you label it, I think in racing to a staunch defence for a code you truly love you have discredited an article about a competition that is doing some great things, purely because you hold the code in contempt.

NRLW has learnt from AFLW's disrespect

Mike the general theme of the article is the NRLW trying to learn from the few mistakes that the AFLW has been making, the AFL is definitely a pioneer in the women’s winter sports space, but there has been concerns it is growing too quickly, and many of the players have stated openly they feel under represented by their players association, female sports journalists like Mary have every right to ask these questions of organisations to make sure female athletes get a fair shake.

NRLW has learnt from AFLW's disrespect

Also sorry about the spelling it was horrendous.

How valuable will Bankwest Stadium be to the Wanderers?

Correction Sunday’s game is a complete sellout.

Rugby union could be the first casualty in the war of the west

Stuart thank you for writing an article about Bank West and not bashing the NRL, it’s refre to see. I’m not a Wanderers fan but I think they’ll do well at the Stadium just like the Eels, they don’t always eat yo be at odds.
Parra have sold out the Stadium this weekend as a side note also.

How valuable will Bankwest Stadium be to the Wanderers?

I think you are correct but due to the tricky Stadium situation in Sydney at present the SRU and ARU are determined to make Bankwest stadium work.

Rugby union could be the first casualty in the war of the west

Are teams getting culled in East Sydney though?
Look at the Shute Shield crowd in the West compared to the East?
I stand by my article and my general point.

Rugby union could be the first casualty in the war of the west