AFLW Round 2 – GWS v Carlton: Don’t say this isn’t for real

John Butler: “The injury toll across this round serves to remind that the AFL’s women players are committing their bodies as unreservedly as their male counterparts, but for a fraction of the financial reward. In their efforts to build on the opportunity at hand, you won’t hear them complain…”

AFLW Pre-season – Western Bulldogs v Carlton: Big crowd on a sultry night as the players put on a show

AFLW came to John Butler’s home town – Ballarat – on the weekend for the practice match between the Western Bulldogs and his very own Carlton. Here’s his report. Trademark JB in describing the event and placing it in its summer context. [Never thought I’d see Ballarat and sultry in the same sentence, and what a sunset! – JTH]

AFLW Round 6 – Freo v Carlton: While You Were Stuck At Work

Jack Banister reflects on Fremantle’s first AFLW win, but laments the fact that few were there to see it. [Schedulers take note – Ed]

AFLW Round 2 – Carlton v GWS: Giants fight until the end

Joseph Ryan has a personal connection to the Giants, and is now a Greater Western Sydney supporter. Despite their loss to the Blues, he sees some good signs

AFLW Round 1 – Carlton v Collingwood: Footy is about struggle

John Harms and family went to Princes Park last Friday night. He regards the Carlton v Collingwood match for premiership points as one of the most memorable sporting events he’s attended. Although he will never do it justice, here’s a glimpse into why.

At long last, over 100 years of women’s footy has finally been recognised!

Historian and friend of the Almanac, Rob Hess, wrote an excellent piece on the long history of women’s footy which was published on The Conversation. Jan Courtin has based this article on that piece.

AFLW Round 1 – Carlton v Collingwood: This was no exhibition match

Kasey Symons was at Ikon Park on a very special night. As she points out, “This was no exhibition.” In a fiercely contested, physical game the Blues were the winners. As was footy, sport and life.