Almanac Women’s Footy: Call for writers

Almanac call out for writers for the AFL Women’s Competition and possible Women’s Footy Almanac 2017


By Yvette Wroby


I hope this finds you all well rested over the Christmas/New Year break and ready to rock and roll with the beginning of the Women’s AFL season just two short weeks away.


We have had a terrific initial response. There is so much enthusiasm out there. Thanks to those writers who have offered to write a match report, or a piece pertaining to women’s footy and the competition.We will be in touch with you again soon. We have a lovely squad developing.


We are still welcoming writers – we’re especially looking for a Melbourne writer or two.  (Rick Kane has already put his Hawks hand up – he’s written about why he is going to be a Demon for the women’s season. As a Saints girl, I am a paid up Western Bulldogs member.)


We will be publishing

  • match reports
  • stories about teams
  • stories about players
  • stories about what women’s footy means to you
  • any other stories you come up with (go for it)


Your writing will help us get to know the teams and players in the short period (two months) of the inaugural season. And tell the story of the season. Saddle up.


We would love you to nominate as one of our women’s footy writers – as quite a few have done already. You can respond via the comments section below or email me (Yvette Wroby).


It’s not too early to start sending in pieces if you have introductory stories about the women’s game, your intersection with it and your excitement about it.


You can read the excellent stories we have already published  in our Women’s Footy section.


Watch the site as more stories emerge.  Join in with history.  Have a go writing yourself or you might know someone who would love to contribute.


If you are a regular Almanac contributor, you know what to do. If you’re new to the Almanac here’s how to submit a story.


Or you can send your story to us via email here at the Almanac.


Either way, we’d love to hear from you.


You might like to take out an Almanac Membership too. The Almanac continues as a community only if we act as a community.


Looking forward to us making something special together in 2017, to match the awesome beginning of the AFL Women’s competition.


If there is enough enthusiasm from writers and we can find a way of financing it we hope to produce The Women’s Footy Almanac 2017. That would be something.


Yvette Wroby



Read Yvette’s piece about how she’s feeling about the imminent women’s footy comp.

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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. Paddy Grindlay says

    G’day Yvette,

    Will be happy to write a few pieces. Looking forward to the season!


  2. jan courtin says

    I penned up a Comment earlier today before this article was moved to the top of the page, but deleted it as it wasn’t very helpful. I’ll have another go.

    I doubt I’ll be going to any of the Women’s matches, Yvette, as they won’t be in Sydney – apart from the Giants team – so won’t be in a position to do write-ups. I will obviously watch the games on tele and am looking forward to the success of the competition.

    One of my nieces will be playing for the Geelong VFL side. After years of basketball she tried out for the footy and was chosen. I’ll keep an eye out for her but those games probably won’t be televised.

    There is no Swans team and I noticed your comment in your other piece: “… Jan, I think this is one time we can be a bit colour blind and fall in love with the other. There is a magnificent group of ….. GWS women there to be admired….”

    I will definitely admire them, but that’s about as far as it will go in terms of emotional involvement!!

    Good luck in your ambassadorial role for the Almanac!

  3. Peter Fuller says

    After a lax year in 2016, I intend writing more regularly this year. I will be a curious observer at Friday night’s match at Princes’ Park, but I’m sure that you will have that covered. I’m not sure how many of the following games I will attend, but I do hope to get along to most of the Blues’ matches, and perhaps some others, as well as catching a few on the box.

    I think that the concept is terrific and I hope that it will be successful on all dimensions – popular appeal (attendances, ratings), that it will demonstrate a different but visually attractive version of the wonderful game and especially that it rewards the players initially through recognition and the buzz of playing, eventually through fairer remuneration.
    I have some barely relevant history. In the early 1990s, I umpired a few matches in the developing competition. Talent was really uneven at that stage with a minority of exceptionally talented players but quite a few who were just enjoying the freedom and self-expression of being out on the field. There was a refreshing atmosphere with less of the gratuitous argy-bargy that lower grade men’s football demonstrates. It’s great that women have since joined the umpiring ranks in sufficient numbers so that officiating doesn’t depend on patronising old blokes.

    Good lack with your endeavours. In this, as in so many other activities you are inspirational.

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