Season of headline acts puts AFLW in strongest bargaining position yet | Scott Heinrich

Season of headline acts puts AFLW in strongest bargaining position yet | Scott Heinrich

The Guardian

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The key metrics of a code that has grown into itself have stood up to inspection, and the iron is hot

And then there were six. As the curtain falls on the home-and-away season, the AFLW can look ahead to the finals safe in the knowledge its fifth incarnation has been its best. This alone is worthy of commendation, given the challenges of getting a season out with Covid-19 hanging around like a tagger with body odour. We are lucky we got to see it at all.

But here the competition stands on the doorstep of its first three-week finals series. With the maligned conference system a thing of the past, and the standard of the game on an upward spiral, the question is whether three weeks is long enough. Certainly, the nine-round regular season – though the longest yet – is begging to be extended beyond the incremental increase scheduled for 2022. For the sake of integrity, and not least to whet the growing communal appetite for the code, the sooner each of the 15 teams play each other once the better.

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