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Bangers n Mash, being able to be open about domestic violence is only something that has started happening quite recently. For decades this is an issue that has been going on behind closed doors which is potentially why you have never known anyone – or potentially it is just because no one has ever told you about it.

The reality is that last year more than one woman a week was killed as a result of male violence – I’m calling it a national emergency, because that’s exactly what it is.

NRL left with no choice but to impose tough stance on player misbehaviour

The Barry, I think this is the part I have often struggled to reconcile.

Are there some examples of misbehaviour (e.g. a parking fine/speeding) that we allow players to come back from? What about stealing or assault?

Who makes that decision and where do we draw the line?

NRL left with no choice but to impose tough stance on player misbehaviour

Not sure where that 9/10 figure has come from…

NRL left with no choice but to impose tough stance on player misbehaviour

Absolutely.

NRL left with no choice but to impose tough stance on player misbehaviour

BA Sports, I feel like people have been calling for a strong stance for quite some time now…

NRL left with no choice but to impose tough stance on player misbehaviour

Rabbitz, particularly when discussing domestic violence, it’s an exceptionally challenging area and many complaints/claims never reach court – for a number of reasons – fear, children are involved, one partner is dependent on the other etc…

Whilst the codes might appreciate the help, I still think the codes need to think about how they protect the integrity/reputation of the game even if a conviction doesn’t happen.

NRL left with no choice but to impose tough stance on player misbehaviour

Rabbitz, I do see your point, but the reality is it’s less about being judicial and more about protecting the reputation of the relevant company or that company taking a stand on what it believes its culture should be. The reality is, if any high profile person (whether they be a CEO of a company, an athlete, a musicial or leader) is caught doing something against the law or against the values of the company that they work for, then I do expect the company to come down hard on them and make a decision about the sort of people they want to employ.

NRL left with no choice but to impose tough stance on player misbehaviour

What do you mean? I call it AFLM and AFLW!

What do you mean AFLW starts this weekend?

If they aren’t elite then, then AFL fans should stop comparing the standard to the men’s game and expecting the same level of skills and professionalism as in the men’s game.

What do you mean AFLW starts this weekend?

Maximus, I wrote this article before the launch which, to be fair, happened three days before the competition started. Perhaps the more useful conversation is about how the AFLW promotes itself given that cricket seems to dominate most of the sporting conversation until February. That is an issue that isn’t going away any time soon.

What do you mean AFLW starts this weekend?

AFLX is not really my thing either – but if it gets kids excited about the sport and brings a new audience, then I’m all for it! I just won’t watch it (I’ll watch AFLW instead!) 😛

What do you mean AFLW starts this weekend?

Peter, I think the thing with Beth is that she often goes under the radar and then puts in a performance like that that reminds everyone why she is in the Aussie set up – similar to her century in the Ashes T20 game at Manuka last year!

So glad your daughter is getting the opportunity to see such amazing female role models take the field. She will grow up in a different world to the one that I did!

Beth Mooney: The stuff heroes are made of

What I don’t understand is why people that don’t like or appreciate something read an article then take time out to leave a comment? Bizarre isn’t it!

Beth Mooney: The stuff heroes are made of

Not sure how running a business by ignoring 50% of the population is meant to be successful…

What do you mean AFLW starts this weekend?

As someone who has watched Channel 7’s coverage for most of the summer and who is prominent on social media if the message hasn’t reached me then there are plenty of others it hasn’t reached too. What about people who watch the cricket on Foxtel? Or people who don’t like cricket that much? Or people who listen on radio? Are they markets the AFL isn’t interested in reaching?

To be honest, I think it’s lazy to suggest that marketing has been sufficient just because it’s been shown on television.

What do you mean AFLW starts this weekend?

So just so I understand your point – you want them to play in AFL stadiums, charge AFL prices for entry and continue to pay them small wages whilst expecting the same quality of football as you would from the men, despite the fact that they aren’t professional and many are juggling work, family and study?

What do you mean AFLW starts this weekend?

I haven’t seen the advertising. And neither have any of my friends. Television is but one means to advertise or share information about a sport – I think the AFL have dropped the ball massively here.

What do you mean AFLW starts this weekend?

I’ve been glued to Fox and Seven during the summer given that I cover cricket, so not sure what your point is…

What do you mean AFLW starts this weekend?

Great idea! If we’re going for equality, then why not pay the women the same as the men too?

What do you mean AFLW starts this weekend?

The more GIANTS the merrier!

What do you mean AFLW starts this weekend?

Fair point Downswy re the new stadium. And the fact that it was the opening of the new stadium is something I should have included in the article.

We are at a point with women’s sport where the advertising/marketing has to be a concerted well thought out strategy. I know the WBBL is thinking about this right now – especially as they head into their first stand alone season later this year.

What do you mean AFLW starts this weekend?

Now that I know it’s happening this weekend, I’m sure plenty of articles about the season will follow. But I still think that the marketing around the competition needs to be better thought out.

What do you mean AFLW starts this weekend?

I think because the AFLW was started first and the AFL made it clear in season one that the reason it was being played when it was was to give it airtime and some free space. The AFL, by introducing a new competition now have two competitions at the same time – why?

Also, by simply focusing on ticket sales I think you really miss out on the bigger picture and the longer term investment and benefits which AFLW will lea to – more women invested in the game and more importantly, more women playing the game too.

What do you mean AFLW starts this weekend?

Hi Tom – thanks for your comment! If I’m completely honest, I don’t think I have so much of an issue with AFLX, but my issue is more with the fact that it is played at the same time as AFLW. I’m not sure why the AFL would make it seem like they are trying to pit the two competitions against each other. Wouldn’t you play them in separate windows to try and maximise attendance and ratings?

On the conference system – agree that that will be the big talking point this season. I wasn’t pleased when they brought it in, but I want to see how it plays out this season.

What do you mean AFLW starts this weekend?

Reullum really good point and I have certainly been keeping an eye on the WNCL and JLT. I should have made it clearer that my winter time is taken up with rugby league – so with the NRL GF on tomorrow, that’s when my brain flips to cricket. But you are absolutely right – enjoy the game tonight!

The summer of cricket starts at North Sydney Oval tonight