I am a Hawthorn supporter and was one of your greatest fans. Until last week.
Without any evidence whatsoever, you planted a suggestion of grooming in the AFLW. When I heard about it, I asked my sister if you really asked that question. I was certain you didn’t. Surely you are enthusiastic about the AFLW? I know that Hawthorn is a family club and is all-embracing. So one of its famous sons would not do something like this.
But I checked. I listened to the question. It was an unsubstantiated question. What the Dickens were you thinking?
I’m a Hawthorn tragic. But I cannot condone this behaviour. It would be hurtful to you if unsubstantiated and horrid allegations were made about you. The culture of the AFLW is such an important component of its success and you have besmirched that fabulous spirit.
Your suggestion ranks with the suggestion by Senator Eric Abetz last week that gay people can become “straight”. Perhaps you and he can establish a party of two that is unwelcoming of diversity, that questions the very heart of those who aren’t the same as the both of you?
The AFLW’s first season has been fantastic. We have seen skills that we haven’t seen in the men’s game. We were on the edge of our seats in many games. It was enthralling. The skill set of many of the women plus their fitness was amazing. Erin Phillips’ biceps are a sight to behold.
I am intrigued that the kiss between Erin Phillips and Tracy Gahan has provoked such discussion, especially from a member of a family club – Hawthorn. No one made a big fuss when Shane Crawford kissed his Mum after he won the Brownlow. There was no Oedipus suggestion. He kissed his Mum because she had a big hand in his success. Why shouldn’t Erin kiss her partner? The bigger discussion was surely her ability to kick goals, mark beyond anyone else, lead by example? In much the same way that we all celebrated Shane’s successes.
The unsubstantiated allegation by you is seen by many of us as an attempt to railroad the very successful AFLW. Does this successful competition threaten you? Perhaps it does as women are encroaching not just on the footy field, but also in the commentary box?
Don’t worry, Dermie. The women’s game can’t be compared with the men’s. It’s completely different, which is why it was so successful.
I’m calling it, Dermie. Time you were traded in for a new model. A woman. May be one who has empathy, compassion and justice on her side. One who would never make unsubstantiated allegations as a pseudo reporter or commentator?
Love, Good luck,