Almanac Women’s AFL: Call for writers
With 2017 being the magnificent year of the inaugural season of the AFL Women’s League, it’s time to recognise what these women have known for a long time: women love to play footy and have always wanted their own league to be taken seriously. The women who have played have taken it bloody seriously, and have the bruises and stories to prove it.
We now have the fixture for 2017 and eight teams to support. We have radio and television coverage. We have The Age newspaper working alongside the successful Outer Sanctum Podcasters in another first. I’ve even received a letter confirming that SEN1116 is also going to be giving good coverage, after expressing my concern that it women’s footy would be lost in the blokeiness of it all.
Here at the Almanac, I am going to be the women’s footy editor. I’m not exactly sure what that means but I am sure that John Harms will point me in the general direction – in that Almanacky sort of way.
Firstly we want to hear from those of you who are keen to write match reports (and anything else about the players and the teams and even grass roots women’s footy – player profiles, comments, other stories) for www.footyalmanac.com.au
Send me an email nominating the team you are going to (likely to) follow and any games you’d like to report on.
After the success of The Doggies Almanac of 2016, with the terrific collection of stories and celebrations, you never know, we’re really keen to put togther a Women’s Footy Almanac. That would be massive, but it will depend on your enthusiasm for this idea.
I am sure there will be plenty of enthusiasm.
So this is a call out to all Almanackers – writers, regular readers, occasional visitors – to get along to the women’s games and write something for the site, and to write something in the lead-up to the season as well.
My sister Denise and I have become Doggie members for the women’s game. We have plenty of Doggies writers lined up. But we need those who support Brisbane, GWS, Fremantle and Adelaide, Collingwood, Carlton and Melbourne to jump on board the writing bus. Tell us about the games, about the personalities, about the family connections, about the radio or TV broadcasts and attendances at the game. Tell your families to write too. Flood us with enthusiasm and good stories. Cover every game. Cover your team. If your club doesn’t have a team, get behind someone else’s until they do. Send in your stories.
As I handball to my little one of 19 months, and tell her she may play for the league one day, I realise that next year will be monumental. We are witnessing something amazing. The writing we will collect will be amazing. You have complete freedom in how you approach it – as always at the Almanac.
Be excited. Be an Almanacker. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year and be ready to write come February. See you all in the New Year.
If you would like to write about women’s footy next year please send Yvette an email