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I agree – but very hard to demand that sort of excellence when women are not full time professional athletes.

Australia are the World Cup champions: CWC final talking points

Kailash, is it that simple? Australia have lost Healy cheaply several times in this tournament. But what happens when that happens is we see the likes of Lanning, Mooney or McGrath step up. That’s one of the things that makes this team so incredible – the depth of their batting line up.

Australia are the World Cup champions: CWC final talking points

Simoc, I think in order to ensure that competition arises we absolutely need to see more investment from other countries.

Australia have been the dominant team for three years. On the sideline for this tournament were Georgia Wareham, Tayla Vlaeminck and Sophie Molineaux.

I almost feel like the Australia A team would have been competitive.

To make sure we continue to develop and create top quality cricketers across the world, it is going to require investment from other countries.

Australia are the World Cup champions: CWC final talking points

Two of their batters retired hurt.

Clinical Aussies make the World Cup final: CWC semi-final talking points

Glad you enjoyed, Winston.

Clinical Aussies make the World Cup final: CWC semi-final talking points

Could not agree with you more, Clear as mud, the bowling has been solid, but can absolutely be better. The batting and the depth of that line up is just so difficult to beat at the moment!

Clinical Aussies make the World Cup final: CWC semi-final talking points

The Saints have been so good this year. There is always focus on their big name players but Rachel Pearson, Elsie Albert and Jaime Chapman have been incredible.

NRLW 2021: Existing teams dominant as semi-finals approach

That would be such a good game, Scott!!

Although, can you imagine a Titans v Broncos GF at Redcliffe?

NRLW 2021: Existing teams dominant as semi-finals approach

Me too – as an Eels fan it was a devastating moment.

NRLW 2021: Existing teams dominant as semi-finals approach

Dutski, agree with you about Emma. She has been incredible. Obviously coming from a 7s background, she has had the benefit of being a full time professional athlete which I think has put her in a class above the rest. I think as we move toward professionalisation in the NRLW we will see players of similar talent begin to emerge.

Unfortunately for BVW is an ACL. Such a shame ahead of the 2022 NRLW season and a RLWC.

NRLW 2021: Existing teams dominant as semi-finals approach

But are they everybody’s second team because they are lovable losers?

It's the hope that kills Wests Tigers fans: Where to from here for Maguire?

Thanks for the tip, Dumbo! You have taught me something today.

It's the hope that kills Wests Tigers fans: Where to from here for Maguire?

Johnb it’s an interesting point you raise, because the batting order has been changed so many times during this WWC. I wonder what the plan is behind it and what helps make the decision to put Ellyse Perry in at certain points and not at others?

Australia beat India in a final over thriller: WWC talking points

So glad to hear that!! I am definitely still ‘crazy about Maisy’.

Australia dominate West Indies thanks to Perry power and squad refresh: WWC talking points

The Aussie 7s team is a completely different proposition – full time professional athletes. The Super W is the complete opposite.

NRLW, Origin expansion exciting steps in move toward full-time professionalism

Just Nuisance, the point about work is an important one. I suppose in my view, if you are full time professional that gives you more time to work and focus on your craft. I’m not sure all the women in this Tournament have that opportunity.

Australia dominate West Indies thanks to Perry power and squad refresh: WWC talking points

It’s unclear to me why you keep referencing the Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership? That is a NSW based competition and as you’ve seen from above, my view is that we should not have any more teams from NSW. There are competitions happening all over the country at the moment – including in New Zealand.

I haven’t contradicted myself – I said that there are at least 4 women from NQ playing in the NRLW right now. Can you think of any reasons why there may be more players up there uninterested/unable to relocate for a six week competition down to Sydney?

With NZ pulling out it is completely unsurprising that a contingent of NZ women were looking to play in the NRLW again this year and there are many other women who decided not to make the move over to Australia for this competition.

The next two teams have 18 months to begin preparing themselves… then the next two have longer than that.

I also think your comment about the Knights is extremely unfair. Sure, last on the ladder at the moment, but not completely outplayed at all. They lost by one point to Parramatta and have looked competitive in each game.

There has not been one new team that has entered this year that can’t keep up with the pace and I don’t see why we can’t continue to look forward to growth.

It is happening at a much slower pace than the AFLW and as I’ve said I think a lot of it will depend on where the new teams come in from.

NRLW, Origin expansion exciting steps in move toward full-time professionalism

Ah Terry…. the poor old Super W. Please don’t get me started on the lack of promotion – it really is falling so far behind the other codes. It is sad…

NRLW, Origin expansion exciting steps in move toward full-time professionalism

I completely disagree and I’m unsure as to how you can make that comment without knowing who the new teams are going to be?

We are still a year and a half away from the introduction of two new teams – if you look at areas like North Queensland and Canberra, these are places that have been focused on their pathway for several years now. At least four women in the NRLW come from NQ now – I think there will be enough talent in a year and a half to add an additional two teams if done correctly.

If you added another 4 teams from Sydney though…. I agree that that would be problematic.

NRLW, Origin expansion exciting steps in move toward full-time professionalism

This was an interesting one Glory Bound! Sere, the player who was bitten, didn’t want to take it forward, but it looks like the decision was made post review of the game. Can it happen accidentally? Too hard to tell.

What I would really like to see cut out of the women’s game is hair pulling – a player was penalised for that on the weekend.

NRLW, Origin expansion exciting steps in move toward full-time professionalism

Me too, MB! Great to get 2 out of 2 wins on the weekend!!

NRLW, Origin expansion exciting steps in move toward full-time professionalism

Give me time, Just Nuisance. I can’t wait for Australia’s game against SA. I’ve found that SA have been challenged to have cohesive performances in these tournaments in the past, but it’s not the case this time!

World Cup talking points: Ashleigh Gardner doesn't miss a beat as Australia win three from three

That’s a great perspective, Clear as Mud and one I hadn’t considered – especially with the likes of AJW and Nicola Carey coming into the squad!!

Healy back with a bang as Aussies win again at World Cup: Talking points

Is it?

https://www.sportingnews.com/au/cricket/news/cricket-australia-to-target-blockbuster-time-slots-after-record-wbbl-ratings-t20-cricket/bq3mg8b7jbi01r3v88sjad7mw

News Corp's latest narrow-minded attack on women's sport misses the point

I definitely hear what a lot of you are saying about a long season already… I’m definitely opening to reducing the season and considering what the calendar looks like. I especially like the idea of taking a pause in the middle of the year for Origin.

Success of NRL preseason trials should put Nines back on the agenda

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