Lauren Arnell has taken intention on the recommendation the AFLW home-and-away rounds shall be decreased. (AAP: Joe Castro, Report)
Prime-profile AFL Ladies’s participant Lauren Arnell says the AFL will have to take realize of the “beautiful sturdy” message it’s been despatched, slamming the potential for lowering the collection of home-and-away suits subsequent yr.
The AFLW will make bigger from 8 to 10 groups in 2019 — North Melbourne and Geelong were added — with the overall feeling having been that the contest would stick to its present device of the golf equipment taking part in every different as soon as all over the premiership.
The primary two AFLW seasons consisted of 7 rounds, starting in February, with the highest two groups at the ladder contesting the grand ultimate.
However the AFL is thinking about lowering the home-and-away premiership to 6 rounds, earlier than the finals are held throughout two weeks.
This is able to take care of the eight-week window during which the AFLW has already been contested in its first two seasons.
Melbourne captain Daisy Pearce, the face of the AFLW because it used to be established, advised the sort of layout would lead to a “gimmicky event”, a remark sponsored up by way of Arnell.
Arnell believes the AFL shall be smart to gauge the response from gamers and supporters to the potential for lowering home-and-away rounds.
“The sturdy comments, now not simplest from social media however clearly Daisy’s feedback as smartly, and different gamers is beautiful sturdy,” she informed Grandstand.
The outlet two AFLW seasons incorporated seven home-and-away rounds. (AAP: Hamish Blair, Report)
Arnell, who will play for Brisbane subsequent season after being an AFLW basis participant with Carlton, says the contest is balanced higher when the golf equipment play every different at least one time.
“No less than we knew taking part in every different as soon as,” she mentioned.
“So while you do have the sort of quick season … you a minimum of take from that and say ‘Neatly, we now have had a excellent crack at every group’.
“I feel with six video games … the feedback Daisy has made is the overall consensus throughout the entire gamers.”
Arnell says it’ll be tough for golf equipment to expand any rhythm of their season throughout six rounds, mentioning the instance of Essendon on this yr’s AFL season.
The Bombers received simplest two in their opening six suits however have fought again to take a seat just a win outdoor the highest 8 and stay a finals contender.
“You probably have a six-week season … no group performs their absolute best footy after six video games,” she mentioned.
AFL leader government Gillon McLachlan says no determination has been made concerning the AFLW fixtures for subsequent season, whilst describing the contest as a “large precedence” for the league.
The speculation of lowering the collection of home-and-away rounds additionally drew the ire of Collingwood AFLW participant and Olympic hockey consultant Georgie Parker, and previous Western Bulldogs vice-president Susan Alberti.
@SusanAlberti tweets: So so disillusioned the AFLW season is being lower quick to 6 video games. In a single phrase insulting!
The newly shaped AFL Ladies’s pageant committee, which incorporates Arnell, will meet for the primary time on Tuesday.
The fixture listing is ready to be launched in past due October.