This article was first written for and published by Siren Sport.
GWS Giants utilityLouise Stephensonis a woman of great courage.
Stephenson is preparing for her fifth year representing the GWS Giants in the AFLW and is hoping to take the field from round three onwards. While Stephenson, just like her teammates, loves playing footy, right now playing AFLW is not a full-time professional job. For Stephenson and her teammates, that means juggling footy training and all other footy commitments with other parts of life including study, family and employment.
Most women who pursue a career as an elite athlete, do so with the knowledge that they will not be paid as full-time professional athletes, but do so anyway. They do it because they love it and often make tremendous sacrifices for this love of their sport. For me, that is the very definition of courage.
For Stephenson, not only is she dreaming of the day when playing in the AFLW is a full-time job, but after an intensive 14 weeks, she has also recently been promoted to a Firefighter at Fire and Rescue NSW. This is a job which also takes tremendous courage and compassion as we saw last year during the devastating bushfires which wreaked havoc across the country and particularly NSW.
This post was first written for and published by the Roar.
n 2017 when it was announced by the AFL that the Richmond Tigers would be granted an AFLW licence to enter the competition in 2020, CEO Brendon Gale said the following:
“It is fantastic news for the club, our members and supporters and all our stakeholders. We were disappointed that we were not part of the inaugural AFLW season, but we have continued to work hard to promote female football and support participation pathways.”
This article was first written and published for The Roar.
Coming into AFLW season four, the Adelaide Crows were the hunted. After winning their second title in just three years in 2019, the club had certainly proven themselves as one of the most dominant teams in the competition.
However, after a couple of injuries sustained during the off-season, including to star midfielder Erin Phillips as well as Chloe Scheer and Deni Varnhagen, some doubt was cast over the squad’s ability to go back to back, particularly after their shock loss to the Brisbane Lions in Round 1.
The fourth instalment of AFLW kicked off at Ikon Park in Carlton on Friday night, and the standard just gets better and better each year! It promises to be the most even season the league has seen, with a least eight sides having legitimate Premiership aspirations.
There were a couple of surprises, weather affected games and some scintillating passages of play, so what did we learn from the opening round of AFLW 2019?
Saturday night was one of mixed emotions. It started with pure joy when my AFL team (the GWS Giants) beat the Collingwood Magpies to claim a spot in the club’s first ever AFL Grand Final. A mere two hours later, joy turned to devastation when the Melbourne Storm comprehensively beat my rugby league team, the Parramatta Eels, ending their 2019 season.