Opinion: a national women’s footy comp is not just a win for women but for the sport too

Sara Lewis and Cassie Davidson of the Dockers celebrate a goal during the Women's AFL exhibition match between the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers at Subiaco Oval. Picture: Getty Images
Sara Lewis and Cassie Davidson of the Dockers celebrate a goal during the Women's AFL exhibition match between the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers at Subiaco Oval. Picture: Getty Images

HAVING been introduced to the WA Women’s Football League more than a decade ago, it was an exciting moment to hear the Fremantle Football Club would be an inaugural team in the national competition to start in February.

Under the guidance of AFL national female football development manager Jan Cooper, or “Coops” as she is affectionately known, players including Nikki Harwood, Chelsea Randall, Kara Donellan and Courtney Ugle have thrived playing the game they love and now they can do it on the big stage.

With the announcement of a national competition it can only be a good thing for the sport.

I for one cannot wait to see these women run out in purple.

Not only is it a win for the sport, but a win for young girls and women who have wanted to join their brothers on the park for more than a century.

Bring on season 2017.