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Daisy Pearce stated an eight-week fixture is at odds with the presentation of the AFLW as an elite recreation. (AAP: Julian Smith)
One of the most AFLW’s greatest stars has hit out at the potential for fewer video games for avid gamers because of a “gimmicky event” fixture subsequent 12 months.
The ladies’s league will likely be expanded from 8 to 10 groups subsequent 12 months and until the season period is expanded, avid gamers will likely be assured best six suits earlier than the finals fortnight in an eight-week fixture.
Melbourne captain Daisy Pearce advised Melbourne sports activities radio station SEN the chance used to be regarding avid gamers.
“It does not take a seat neatly with me, or a large number of the avid gamers,” Pearce stated.
“That is offered as the feminine, elite, skilled providing through the AFL, and it’s been lauded as that, when in fact it is a gimmicky event.
“Everybody inside the recreation: us avid gamers, coaches, we put on that expectation, that that is going to be a qualified, elite pageant.
“I am getting that there is a industrial truth, that they wish to stay this pageant inside the little unfastened house, eight-week timeslot the place there is no recreation.”
However she stated she had was hoping the addition of 2 new groups would mark a spread within the league’s season period.
AFL boss running against ‘the precise result’
AFL Leader Govt Gillon McLachlan advised 3AW Radio he didn’t settle for shorter fixture would flip the ladies’s league right into a gimmick.
“The Global Cup is going for 4 weeks, I don’t believe any person calls that Mickey Mouse,” he stated.
“I believe it is balancing all of the ones problems up.
“In a perfect global Daisy is pronouncing that everybody would play each and every different as soon as, and I remember the fact that, however I am outlaying the entire issues that everybody is operating via to check out to get the precise result.”
An AFL spokesperson stated no resolution were made concerning the period of the 2019 season, and the fixture can be launched in overdue October.
The league’s pageant committee will meet subsequent week the place it’s anticipated the problems across the fixture period will likely be mentioned.
A rising selection of avid gamers are talking out on social media concerning the fixture. (ABC Information: Margaret Burin)
Participant backlash grows
Fellow Melbourne participant Meg Downie stated the concept that the fixture would now not be expanded used to be “adverse” to the league.
“I believe it limits the possibility of the supporter base to develop,” she stated.
“Plus the avid gamers need not anything greater than the similar alternative as the boys.
“This can be a step backward, now not ahead in attaining this.”
Different avid gamers expressed fear over an eight-week fixture, together with Erin Hoare, who will play for Geelong when the group joins the league for the primary time subsequent 12 months.
“We can not dedicate as athletes with out expectation that the league’s commtiment [sic] to expansion is authentic,” she wrote on Twitter.
“The draw of my day process hasn’t ever been more potent.”