Miscellaneous VFLWomen comments and articles

Yay, Freda’s back


Nooo, Stassi’s not!

I hope at least one of the replacements is a Play-of-the-Week machine too.

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I feel as if our VFLW team is doing a better job of engaging with Tiwi then our mens team are doing.


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VFLW doing a 4-team 3-games + 1 best-of game “season”.

Details and teams yet to be named.

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Aaaaand even that is cancelled.


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By Daniel Cherny

August 19, 2020 — 4.46pm

Victorian AFLW players could soon be able to drop down to the reserves during the season, with a move for the VFLW competition to earlier in the year on the cards.

However doubts are emerging about whether AFL clubs will continue to operate standalone VFL women’s teams, with more alignments looking increasingly likely.

Since the inception of the national women’s competition in 2017, the VFL women’s league has been played as a winter season, generally starting in May. That leaves it outside the AFLW’s February to April window. While the benefit of this has been that many of the best AFLW players have played in the Victorian state league, boosting the quality of that competition, there has been no formal reserves competition in which non-selected players at Victorian AFLW clubs have been able to play during the season.

That has meant that players have been forced to rely on performances at training to force their way into their AFLW teams. The situation is in contrast to that in South Australia where non-selected Adelaide players have been able to drop back into the SANFLW competition, which runs concurrently to AFLW in the early part of the year.

The VFLW competition did not proceed this year because of the coronavirus situation gripping the state, and it seems the next incarnation of the state league could begin early in the new year.

While the AFL is remaining publicly tight-lipped about its plans for the VFL and VFLW next year, a raft of women’s football sources indicated early this week that they expect the VFLW competition to shift to a February start date and run alongside the AFLW, which is due to begin its 2021 season in February, provided the COVID-19 situation makes this feasible.

The implications would be numerous. For one, player workload would reduce, a consideration given the AFLW season is due to have grown to a 10 round home-and-away season plus three weeks of finals by 2022, a marked increase on the seven rounds and standalone grand final of 2017 and 2018.

There would also be the benefit of players being able to play at state league level during the AFLW season if not selected for the national competition in any given week.

But there are doubts as to whether the same 12 clubs that had been due to contest the 2020 VFLW season will play in the 2021 version.

All bar two of the 12 VFLW teams (Williamstown and Darebin being the exceptions) play either under the banner of an AFL club or are aligned to an AFL club. But following the financial impact of the coronavirus, industry sources say some AFL clubs are indicating they may change their models for 2021, opening the door for alignments.

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Ruby Svarc was the only EFC VFLW player selected in tonight’s AFLW draft.

The pocket rocket (who barracked for us as a kid) joins her older sister at the Bears.



A good thing, perhaps get some curtain raisers. Makes much more sense to align the vflw with the aflw rather than with the vfl.

Well, I may have something to do next year now!

Happy that the VFLW will be V-only.

In other tweets she also confirmed the VFLW will continue to be the premier competition with a full-length season.

Essendon + Hawthorn, plus Willy (awful in 2019) and Darebin (struggled), may have an opportunity to bank wins early.

EDIT: Willy were going to be the reserves team for Adelaide in 2020?

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Nanscawen slimmed down a bit?

Mia-Rae Clifford is new to us. 34yo who has spent time at St Kilda Sharks and three AFLW clubs. She’s nominally a 170cm key defender but has previously topped Geelong’s goal-kicking at both VFLW and AFLW level.

Based on this image, she has ticked one very important box already: FARK CARLTON!


“This year’s VFLW fixtures are set to be released soon, with the season due to start in late February.”

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Do we have a team or coach yet?

Course we do. This is the efficient side of the club.