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Mary Konstantopoulos

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I think leadership is about a bit more than that.

It's tough going for female footy fans right now as tone deaf reactions to serious issues get louder

So all men in positions in rugby league have been appointed on merit then?

It's tough going for female footy fans right now as tone deaf reactions to serious issues get louder

Yuk.

It's tough going for female footy fans right now as tone deaf reactions to serious issues get louder

I think there is a big difference between coming back to the game and being appointed as a leader at a club.

It's tough going for female footy fans right now as tone deaf reactions to serious issues get louder

I don’t think that’s true…

It's tough going for female footy fans right now as tone deaf reactions to serious issues get louder

THANK YOU!

It's tough going for female footy fans right now as tone deaf reactions to serious issues get louder

Brett, visibility absolutely makes a difference.

Are you saying that the presence of the NRLW and female players hasn’t made a difference in terms of representation?

It's tough going for female footy fans right now as tone deaf reactions to serious issues get louder

Domestic violence is a national emergency. I won’t get into a back and forth on this one.

It's tough going for female footy fans right now as tone deaf reactions to serious issues get louder

On your last point, I raised that in commentary Dutski – it was a little bizarre, but it worked didn’t it!

It's tough going for female footy fans right now as tone deaf reactions to serious issues get louder

Jane, I hear you. I’m extremely excited about the NRLW though and hope your daughter enjoys following that. Just like in the NRLM, some incredible role models in the NRLW and I just love the way the women play the game.

It's tough going for female footy fans right now as tone deaf reactions to serious issues get louder

I totally agree that there is nothing the NRL can do here and additional the person cannot be named and there shouldn’t even be speculation about it.

But I heard that news and just felt a little bit sick once again.

It's tough going for female footy fans right now as tone deaf reactions to serious issues get louder

Thanks for the congrats, Tony!

It’s a really tricky one, because I can think of a couple of players who were convicted of crimes and used their opportunity in the NRL to really turn their lives around (i.e. Manu Ma’u). Once people have served their time, they have served their time in terms of legal punishment. But there are cases of repeat offenders that seem to get chance after chance and potentially some more serious crimes that potentially players should not return for.

A really tough one.

It's tough going for female footy fans right now as tone deaf reactions to serious issues get louder

That’s one of the reasons I love women’s sport so much, Try Hard!

It's tough going for female footy fans right now as tone deaf reactions to serious issues get louder

Thank you very much!

It's tough going for female footy fans right now as tone deaf reactions to serious issues get louder

James, with respect I’ve been writing and promoting the women’s game for a decade. Part of being a fan of something is pushing it to be the best it can be. In my view, for this game to be the best it can be, the players need as much preparation as possible. I don’t think the current model is the right one.

I haven’t suggested that the women have a season as long as the men’s – forget the injury risk, but they simply aren’t paid enough to be able to play that many rounds.

The result of lack of preparation was so evident in Game I last year. These women put in too much effort and have too much talent not to be given the right opportunity to make Origin the spectacle that it deserves to be.

Why it's one step forward, but another one back in women's Origin evolution

You missed a belter of a game.

Why it's one step forward, but another one back in women's Origin evolution

Steven, not quite my point. There were some players who flew in and flew out who did not make the team. It’s a sacrifice!

Why it's one step forward, but another one back in women's Origin evolution

In terms of enabling players to fly in fly out?

Why it's one step forward, but another one back in women's Origin evolution

They are saying that 20k tickets have been sold so far… so let’s see. If 20k show up that’s a new record which is fab.

It’s just a shame they didn’t align the launch with the Magic Round launch as I feel like there would have been some people who may have extended their trips to attend.

Why it's one step forward, but another one back in women's Origin evolution

Scouse, I totally agree – particularly on being creative on who gets the new licences.

BRING BACK THE BEARS!

NRLW Semi-finals: They cannot be serious - time to press pause on any expansion plans

Definitely still a chance, Mick but a big couple of weeks ahead!! I hope if they make the finals that I’ll see you – will look out for the family with the face paint!!

NRLW Round 7 Preview: Time to get proactive with tickets so more fans can see what all the fuss is about

Both, please don’t start me on my big bug bear of paying a $7.50 ticketing fee when I am either printing the ticket at home or keeping it on my phone!!

NRLW Round 7 Preview: Time to get proactive with tickets so more fans can see what all the fuss is about

BIgGordon, I also wonder about the timing of the games.

The game I want to started at 11.05 on Saturday – prime time for kids sport. It also cuts your day basically in half and means you can’t do anything in the morning or the afternoon.

It’s also competing with the men’s competition at the moment, so for example, if your men’s team was playing in the afternoon you couldn’t get to both.

A triple header was also held at Belmore – interesting given that the Bulldogs don’t have a team… I understand getting to new areas, but the Eels NRLW team only have 2 home games this entire season, it seems in favour of more games in the regions.

NRLW Round 7 Preview: Time to get proactive with tickets so more fans can see what all the fuss is about

And shows what can be achieved too!

RA's 'devastating, no substance' response to Wallaroos shows exactly why rugby is being left behind

I would estimate probably about 5 or 6 years. I’ve been interested in women’s sport for the last decade and the Wallaroos and the development of the Super W have definitely been part of thay. 😊

RA's 'devastating, no substance' response to Wallaroos shows exactly why rugby is being left behind

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