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


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.


Yours enthusiastically,
Yvette Wroby


If you would like to write about women’s footy next year please send Yvette an email




About Yvette Wroby

Yvette Wroby writes, cartoons, paints through life and gets most pleasure when it's about football, and more specifically the Saints. Believes in following dreams and having a go.


  1. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Great initiative. Count me in for Pies games Yvette.

  2. bob.speechley says

    As discussed at the launch of The Doggies Almanac I’m happy to be involved.

  3. John Butler says

    Me too. Go Blues!

  4. Peter Warrington says

    Good on you Yvette. I’ll be taking my 8/9 year old out to a Giants game. She is the best writer in the family. I will volunteer her for that. (Not sure which game, AFl site is down. Fred Claus strikes.)

  5. Ben Footner says

    While my time has been scarce to devote to the Almanac of late, I will try and do at least 1 match report of the Adelaide women’s side Yvette (hopefully more!).

    I’m really looking forward to this comp starting!

  6. Jamie Simmons says

    E-mail sent Yvette. Forget Christmas, roll on February!

  7. Earl O'Neill says

    I’ll give it a burl. Looking forward to catching a few Toranas matches.

  8. Dianne Waddingham says

    Next year is going to be awesome for women’s footy. I have not been this excited about a season since I thought 2016 was going to be the Year of the Docker!!! Maybe Freo can win it’s first premiership in 2017 with the Women’s team. I have everything crossed!!! Great to see Yvette the AFLW being embraced by the Almanac so a huge thanks to you from this Victorian Docker tragic. I will be very proudly holding up the banner for the first game vs the Bulldogs out at the Whitten Oval. Happy to contribute if there are no other volunteers. GO FREO!!

  9. Yvette Wroby says

    Hi all will email you all individually post Christmas . Awesome to have all these hands up. Excellent start and talk to you all soon. I love the Almanac community

  10. Yep, count me in Yvette. Have every intention of attending the Crows home games that are not in the NT

  11. Hi Yvette,

    If I have an opportunity to watch ladies footy, I will do for you and the Almanac.

    Your call is good for the community.

    The same as you, I love the Almanac community.



  12. Hi Yvette,

    Today I listened to ABC Grandstand documentary about GWS women’s footy. The western suburbs in Sydney are multicultural ones with 100 different races.

    A club trainer had no idea what footy was like until her cousin started playing footy. Then she established the club and asked girls to attend the group training on Facebook.

    The club succeeded in the competition.

    The story is interesting to share here, I think. What do you think?

    Thanks and Merry Christmas


  13. jan courtin says

    Hi Yvette
    Would like to be able to write about a game attended, but as there is no Swans team, won’t be in a position to do so. Sorry!

    Good luck!

  14. What a wonderful opportunity

  15. bring back the torp says

    I can contribute a brief historical overview of women’s footy -and a longer article on the cultural and strategic importance of female football, and how it can be developed further.

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